BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
Vision Zero, the City initiative aiming to eliminate traffic deaths in New York, is pulling up on Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst.
Last Thursday, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) hosted a community workshop to provide input on the Department of Transportation’s redesign plans on Astoria Boulevard, a “priority area” with crooked intersections and complicated traffic patterns.
According to the agency, these plans include improving intersections and enhancing medians.
Gregory Coles, who runs A Child’s Place just off of Astoria Boulevard on 108th Street, said that the corridor can be especially difficult for seniors trying to cross the street.
“From a pedestrian point of view, I thought it was good,” Coles said.
Ferreras, who allocated $800,000 for upgrades to Astoria Boulevard last year according to her office, said that “conditions on that street have been challenging our community for many years.”
Last week, the DOT completed safety improvements on another section of the road, where Astoria Boulevard, the Grand Central Parkway and 31st Street meet in Astoria. The improvements, which include an extended median and new lane markings, are intended to make the intersection easier to navigate.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JNStrawbridge.