May 13, 2014 By Michael Florio
The Department of Transportation plans to change the traffic flow at the intersection of Astoria Blvd and 31st to reduce accidents.
The agency wants to extend the existing median barrier between Astoria Blvd North and the Grand Central highway exit ramp to separate traffic through 31st Street (see proposal). The plan aims to stop cars coming down Astoria Blvd North from making a left turn on 31st street, while blocking those vehicles coming off the highway from making a right turn.
The DOT, which will be presenting its plan to Community Board 1 next week, claims this change will reduce the likelihood that cars will weave in and out of lanes.
Under current conditions the Grand Central exit ramp merges with Astoria Blvd North. The five-lane road leads to 31st street, giving drivers a short distance to be able to get over and make a turn.
These conditions have led to hasty maneuvers.