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Sunnyside, Woodside to Get Traffic Slow Zones in 2015

 The selected areas will see their speed limits lowered to 20 miles per hour, according to the DOT.
Sunnyside and Woodside to Get Slow Zones
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SUNNYSIDE — The city is planning to implement traffic calming measures — including a reduced speed limit — in parts of Woodside and Sunnyside in the coming years.

The Department of Transportation will create two new Slow Zones in western Queens in 2015, where the speed limit within a given area will be lowered from 30 to 20 mph and things like speed bumps and extra traffic markings will also be installed.

A Slow Zone is planned for a portion of Sunnyside Gardens and Woodside bound by 43rd Street, 38th Avenue, Barnett Avenue, 58th Street, Greenpoint Avenue and Queens Boulevard.

Another is planned for Sunnyside south of Queens Boulevard and north of Long Island Expressway.

The areas were selected based on community support and the prevalence of institutions like schools and day care centers, according to the DOT.

The two are of 15 planned by the city in the coming years, with a goal of reducing speeding and traffic fatalities.

"By installing these two slow zones in Western Queens we will have tremendous impact on improving the safety of pedestrians who walk along heavily trafficked corridors in our neighborhoods," City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said in a statement.

A Slow Zone is also being planned for an area in Jackson Heights in 2014, according to the DOT.