5th Street in Hunters Point May Become One-Way Amid Traffic Concerns

By Jeanmarie Evelly on January 21, 2013 12:08pm 

HUNTERS POINT — The Department of Transportation is exploring a plan that would convert 5th Street in Long Island City to a one-way amid safety concerns in the increasingly residential neighborhood, agency representatives said at a recent community meeting.

The plan would affect 5th Street in Hunters Point between 46th Road and 50th Avenue, turning that stretch of road into a one-way southbound street, and add speed bumps at 48th and 49th Avenues to slow traffic.

Only 30 feet wide, DOT representatives say 5th Street is narrow for two lanes of traffic, especially when cars are parked on either side of the street.

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has been pushing for safety improvements on 5th Street for the last several years as the area has grown increasingly residential. The road is near P.S. 78 on Center Boulevard, and two new schools are planned to open in the neighborhood next year.

"[This] could be very dramatic in making a street that will have a brand new school opening in September an even safer street for all the young people that are going to be going to that school," Van Bramer said at a recent community meeting.

The councilman and local residents fought to have a stop sign installed at the corner of 5th Street 47th Avenue last fall.

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