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City Starts 111th Street Safety Changes in Corona Next Week

By Katie Honan | April 5, 2017 12:41pm
 The proposal for 111th Street was first presented in March 2015. 
The proposal for 111th Street was first presented in March 2015. 
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CORONA — The city will start its safety improvement project for 111th Street as soon as next Monday — just two weeks after the plan was approved despite a delay from the local community board.

Department of Transportation crews will start installing 14 painted median tip extensions and a parking-protected bike lane on 111th Street between 46th and Corona avenues. 

They will also add new parking spaces along the 111th Street median and enhance the bike route connection to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, including to the Queens Zoo, Hall of Science and Queens Museum, according to officials.

The changes will create shorter pedestrian crossings, making it safer for people to travel to the park. It will also hopefully reduce speeding with traffic-calming measures, officials said.

Community Board 4 delayed a vote on the controversial plan at its monthly meeting in March, but Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week they would move forward with it anyway. 

"We will continue always to work with community leaders and the community board. But this plan is ready to move, so we're going to move it," he told the crowd when answering questions about the street's safety.