The Department of Transportation has finalized its plans to reconstruct streets throughout major portions of Long Island City.
The agency worked with residents and Community Board 2 to decide how to make streets in the Hunters Point Section area of the neighborhood safer for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in January that he would allocate $29.6 million for the project from his Vision Zero capital funds, the largest total for any neighborhood. The DOT allocated $8.8 million for the reconstruction.
A spokesperson for Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer previously told QNS the reconstruction will follow a large-scale sewer project in the neighborhood. The sewer project will help streamline issues with plumbing and sewer infrastructure in a neighborhood that has seen rapid development.
The project will include traffic calming measures such as speed humps, raised crossings and slow zones and sidewalk extensions on Long Island City streets in addition to total reconstruction of streets extending from Fifth Street and 44th Drive to Jackson and Borden Avenues.
Main intersections such as Vernon Boulevard and Jackson Avenue will be transformed to “improve traffic flow” and “reduce congestion.” Curb extensions and extended sidewalks will be added to shorten pedestrian crossing time and trees, greenery and street furnishings will enhance its look.
The DOT will install new sidewalks along 44th Drive and add a new crosswalk on 44th Drive and Thompson Avenue. The street will also get a raised median with trees to split eastbound and westbound traffic.
On 11th Street, buffered bike lanes will be installed along with curb extensions and expanded medians. The reconstruction project will also mean that some parking will be lost or shifted. According to a DOT parking study, a total of three parking spots will be lost due to the project.
For a full list of changes, visit the DOT’s website.
The design contract will be awarded in spring 2017 and community workshops to discuss the project will take place in late 2017.