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The city will be launching a street safety study of Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will study the Fresh Meadows section of Union Turnpike for possible safety and mobility enhancements, Councilman Rory Lancman announced on June 9.

According to Lancman, the city agency agreed to study the venue between Utopia Parkway to 188th Street. Residents voiced particular concerns about conditions at the site and possible safety problems stemming from the development of 179-24 Union Tpke. — which, according to reports, will be site to a three-story, 32,400-square-foot, mixed-use building — at a town hall meeting earlier this year.

At the town hall, the Jamaica Estates Association, Lancman, residents, the DOT, a representative for Assemblyman David Weprin and AB Capstone, the project developer, come together to air their concerns and collaborate. Following the meeting, Lancman wrote to DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia urging the city agency to study the busy and developing area.

In Garcia’s response to the lawmaker, she indicated that she had commissioned the study and advised the DOT team in charge to “focus particularly on the western segments” of the roadway, given its proximity to a local school (St. John’s University), commercial businesses and the upcoming development project.

The study will begin in the near future, according to Lancman’s office.

“We greatly appreciate the Department of Transportation’s interest and cooperation in this matter which is of great concern to our community,” said Martha Taylor, chairwoman of Community Board 8. “Conducting this study is critical to our long-term safety and our quality of life.”

Lancman welcomed news of the upcoming study.

“I am pleased that the Department of Transportation will be conducting a study to determine how we can improve safety along Union Turnpike,” Lancman said. “My constituents made their concerns very clear to me, and it is important that we figure out ways to improve traffic patterns and keep people safe.”


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