MIDLAND BEACH — A plan to reduce the speed limit from 30 to 20 mph on a section of Midland Beach roads has been approved by the Department of Transportation.
As part of the DOT's Neighborhood Slow Zones program, a section of Midland Beach will have its limit lowered and have other traffic calming methods introduced, including speed bumps, the DOT said.
The slow zone will be on blocks between Hylan and Father Capodanno boulevards on one side, and Midland to Elmtree avenues on the other.
The DOT chooses neighborhoods for the program after they receive requests from the community. The measures will aim to reduce cut-through traffic in residential areas.
The Midland Beach section was selected because of the high crash injury rate, an average of 10.6 a year, and because I.S. 38 is inside the zone, the DOT said.
The slow zone was one of 15 approved by the city across the five boroughs and the only one in Staten Island. The safety measures for the street are expected to be introduced in 2016.