Drivers and residents along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards haven’t been pleased with the execution of the city’s Select Bus Service and Vision Zero upgrades.
At both CB 5 and 9’s recent meetings, board members and residents complained about the traffic backup on the boulevards and side streets, and trucks’ inability to navigate the new service-road turns.
At the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Union Turnpike, the city’s DOT has taken away all parking on the southbound side to create a bus lane, and residents have complained that drivers are using it to speed past traffic in the service road.
Just north of Union Turnpike, the DOT has temporarily taken away the southbound center lane of traffic for workers’ safety as they create an island just south of Union Turnpike. This has backed up traffic to Yellowstone Boulevard.
Gary Giordano, district manager of CB 5, believes the real problem is inconsiderate drivers heading west on Union Turnpike and blocking traffic heading east as they turn left onto the southbound lane. He added that he believes that the right-turn-only lane from the western side of Union Turnpike also backs up traffic.
He is also skeptical that the DOT will finish the project by its Nov. 12 deadline.
Other residents have complained that the traffic light on the westbound side of Union Turnpike next to Stop & Stop in Forest Hills is confusing, since the right lane now receives a green light as the other is still red.
Frank Galluscio, district manager of CB 6, said the board has received only one complaint from a resident at Crescent Apartments, located across the street from Stop & Shop.
Galluscio said that he recently spoke to the DOT and was assured that the SBS and Vision Zero construction would be completed by Nov. 12.
“The whole SBS stuff will be ironed out,” he said. “If not, they will be hearing from us.”