Feb. 23, 2018 By Tara Law
The DOT plans to make changes to a number of roads by the Astoria Houses to make the area safer for pedestrians.
The DOT, which presented its plan at Community Board 1’s monthly meeting last Tuesday, plans to overhaul the intersections of Vernon Boulevard, 30th Avenue, 8th Street and Astoria Boulevard.
The changes will take place in an area not heavily trafficked and where there have been few accidents. The DOT said that eight people were injured in accidents at the intersections from 2012 to 2016, with no fatalities.
The crossing distances are also much longer than on most city streets. A pedestrian crossing from 8th Street to the triangle at Main Avenue has to walk more than 113 feet, according to the DOT.
The DOT will construct two new crosswalks by the Greenstreets triangle to help pedestrians. One will be where 30th Avenue meets 8th Street and the other will be at 30th Avenue and Main Avenue.
The plan will add five new curb extensions to reduce the distance for pedestrians to cross the street and a curb extension to expand the Greenstreets triangle.
The DOT will also convert Main Avenue between 8th Street and 30th Avenue to a one-way street eastbound.
The plan calls for the removal of a moving lane on Astoria Boulevard between Main Avenue and 8th Street to claim traffic. There will be seven additional parking spaces since the parallel parking spaces will be replaced with angled parking.
Two additional crossings will be installed, with one at Astoria Boulevard and Main Avenue and another would be installed at Vernon Boulevard and 31st Avenue.
Construction is expected to being this spring, said DOT spokesperson Daniel Wagner.
The project was drawn up in response to a request by the New York Economic Development Corporation, which asked that the DOT enhance pedestrian safety to improve access to the ferry from the surrounding neighborhood, according to Wagner.
Community Board 1 voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the plan.