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Astoria Park Traffic Discussion With DOT Planned This Month

Shore Boulevard (GMaps)

Shore Boulevard (GMaps)

Oct. 8, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge

Astorians will have a chance to speak with local officials and the Department of Transportation about traffic safety around Astoria Park at a workshop-style planning session this month.

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Councilman Costa Constantinides and the DOT will host the planning session on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave.

Attendees will work with maps in small groups, sharing their concerns and ideas for specific streets, corners and corridors in the Astoria Park vicinity.

“DOT is going to be there to hear concerns in small settings,” Constantinides said. “We’re really looking for input and opportunities for the neighbors to work collaboratively and constructively together… all with the goal of coming up with a comprehensive plan that DOT can eventually implement.”

The planning session follows a petition from Constantinides calling for comprehensive traffic safety improvements around the park, after the fatal hit-and-run of a young woman on Ditmars Boulevard and 19th Street.

Site of Betty DiBiasio's death

Site of Betty DiBiasio’s death

It also comes on the heels of Simotas’ proposal to the DOT this summer that Shore Boulevard be permanently closed to traffic between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard, which has been highly polarizing among residents.

When asked whether and how the Shore Boulevard plan would be addressed at the upcoming workshop, Simotas said in a statement, “all of the streets surrounding Astoria Park should be a part of any traffic safety discussion. The format of the upcoming planning session gives all community members an opportunity to share their ideas and is a great way to continue the conversations that I have been having with residents about making the park safer and more accessible.”

For his part, Constantinides said, “Shore Boulevard is part of the network of streets, but not the only street. So we’re going to be looking for ways to keep the entire network of streets safe.”

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I will be there as well…..and i will not be bought by Simotis and Constantinides playing their game to get re-elected. I would rather not waste my time with incompetent politicians..sorry most of them are incompetent public officials.I WILL BE THERE! I have lived in Astoria since 1962….and have enjoyed the park as it has been. I hope you all come out and support me and most of us Astorians to keep it as it was. I am in the park every morning and i cry as i “drive ” near the site of the young ladies most tragic death , i also cry for the suicide of a person that jumped off the “Hells Gate” bridge. In that regard it seems that we should take down the bridge …demolish all things that may involve tragedy. Somebody help here with some degree of common sense..lets all forgo these asinine politicians. Thanks. Much love to all.


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