2016-10-26 / Features

DOT Announces Safety Improvements For 111th St.

The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on October 19th that it will move forward with an updated safety improvement project on 111th Street and Corona Avenue adjacent to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. This updated proposal includes an improved roadway design with a two-way parking protected bike lane; an additional 25 new on-street vehicular parking spaces; and 14 median tip extensions that will shorten crossing distances for pedestrians, and a reduction of one travel lane in each direction to reduce speeding.

These proposed safety improvements will enhance access to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for all road users, reduce pedestrian crossing distance by 50 percent, calm traffic, and transform 111th Street into a gateway to the park.

“As part of our commitment to the Mayor’s Vision Zero initiative, we are bringing a record amount of protected bike lanes to the streets of Queens – and to all of New York City,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “We look forward to improving 111th Street for the thousands of pedestrians and cyclists who want to safely access and enjoy the jewel that is Flushing Meadows Corona Park – and we thank all of our partners who worked with us over the past years.”

DOT identified 111th Street in Corona, Queens as a Vision Zero Priority Corridor. Between 2010 and 2014, there were 23 pedestrian injuries, 24 bicycle injuries and 92 motor vehicle injuries on 111th Street between 43rd Avenue and Corona Avenue.

The updated proposal comes following an intense community engagement process, which included a series of community workshops focused on transportation issues in Corona. There, DOT presented a proposal for the 111th Street corridor in March 2015 and has been working with the local stakeholders including the Queens Museum, Make the Road New York, Transportation Alternatives, Immigrant Movement International, The Partnership for a Healthier New York City, Make Queens Safer, Queens Bike Initiative, Mujeres en Movimiento, Council Member Julissa Ferreras- Copeland and Assembly Member Francisco Moya to refine the design and assess traffic impacts.

The proposal includes a modified parking plan on Corona Avenue between 111th Street and Horace Harding Parkway that maintains loading access to the Playground for All Children, and further increases the number of parking spaces gained as a result of the project.

DOT will also make signal timing enhancements at 111th Street and 43rd Avenue to ease congestion. In addition, two southbound travel lanes will be maintained to allow drivers pulling into driveways and turning vehicles to move out of the way of through traffic.

Median tip extensions and improved parking regulations at 47th Avenue, 49th Avenue, 54th Avenue, and 55th Avenue will reduce the pedestrian crossing distance in half and improve pedestrian access and visibility.

DOT plans to go back to the Community Board with this agreed-upon proposal shortly.

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