QUEENS — Crossing one hectic Forest Hills intersection just got a little easier for local seniors and people with impaired vision.
New Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS), which indicate by sound or vibration when it's safe to cross, were recently installed on the corner of Austin Street and Continental Avenue, the first such devices in the neighborhood.
The intersection, which is located in the middle of a popular shopping strip and near several senior centers, is among the noisiest and most congested in the area at different times of day.
The Department of Transportation said the signals were also recently installed at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive in Woodhaven.
According to the agency's website, there are about three dozens intersections equipped with audible signals in Queens.
The locations for such devices are selected based on several criteria, such as off-peak traffic in the area and complexity of intersections, according to the DOT.
Queens Boulevard between 72nd and 73rd streets in Elmhurst is also scheduled to receive an APS in the next few weeks, the agency said.