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New Crosswalks and Pedestrian Ramps Coming to Stretch of Astoria Blvd.

By Katie Honan | April 18, 2017 11:53am
 A rendering of what Astoria Boulevard will look like with the proposed Vision Zero changes
A rendering of what Astoria Boulevard will look like with the proposed Vision Zero changes
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New York City Department of Transportation

EAST ELMHURST — New crosswalks, pedestrian ramps and trees will be added to part of Astoria Boulevard as part of the city's continued Vision Zero initiative.

The nearly one-mile stretch of the multi-lane road, between 99th Street and Ditmars Boulevard, was designated a priority area after crashes, according to the Department of Transportation.

Work is currently in the design phase and will include new traffic lights at the intersections at 103rd and 100th streets, a new left-turn bay at 108th Street, larger medians and new landscaping, officials said in a press release Monday.

Parking restrictions during the afternoon and evening rush hour will also be removed, creating parking for approximately 120 cars.

The work is expected to slow down drivers and make it safer for pedestrians to cross the six-lane street.

“Astoria Boulevard is a vital strip for residents of East Elmhurst," Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, who helped fund the improvement with $800,000 in capital funds, was quoted as saying in the release. "It’s where we worship and shop."

The suggestions were made after community workshops, she added.

"Improving road conditions is vital to protect not only pedestrians, but also cyclists and drivers," Sen. Jose Peralta said in the release.

Work will be completed by 2020, officials said.