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Shore Boulevard Revamp To Kick Off This Month

Shore Boulevard (GMaps)

Shore Boulevard (GMaps)

May 4, 2016 By Michael Florio

Construction to turn Shore Boulevard into a one-way street will begin this month.

The Department of Transportation will begin implementing changes in mid-May that will create a new protected bike path and ultimately remove a lane of traffic on Shore Boulevard, making it one-way for cars.

The DOT announced the construction timeline in a flyer, first noticed by DNA Info.

Source: DOT

Source: DOT

Currently, a two-way bike path runs along the park’s edge next to a pedestrian walkway, which the DOT said causes conflict between cyclists and walkers. The new bikeway will be separated out from the park, onto the roadway. It will also have rumble strips before pedestrian crosswalks, to prevent cyclists from speeding through them.

The DOT will make room for the new bikeway by removing the northbound lane of traffic.

The DOT will also paint curb extensions at crosswalks from the waterfront to Astoria Park, which aim to increase visibility and shorten crossing distance for pedestrians.

Shore Boulevard generated a lot of discussion last summer, especially after Assembly Member Aravella Simotas introduced the idea of closing the road to vehicles from Astoria Park South to Ditmars Boulevard.

The DOT subsequently came up with its plan to make the road one-way after collecting input from elected officials and community members. Community Board 1 approved the redesign in February.

The DOT will also begin implementing changes on 20th Avenue between Shore Boulevard and 37th Street this month.

Those changes will include the installation of a protected two-way bike path on the north side of the road. Currently, cyclists ride between the parking lane and vehicle lane in both directions.

The DOT will also install a bus island at 31st Street to allow for safe loading and unloading.

The 20th Avenue changes are intended to reduce speeding, which the DOT says is a major problem along the corridor.

CB 1 also approved this redesign in February.

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V. Deligianis

Shore Blvd does have speed bumps. 19th Street (which is narrow ) should be one way. Even if Shore Blvd is one way there will still be traffic, there will still be motorcycles going through there. My concern is that seniors that are dropped off there to walk by the park will not be able to do so if cars have to go one way. It’s bad enough that bicycle paths in Ralph DeMarco Park have put an end to seniors that are in wheel chairs or used walkers to get around . But don’t worry about seniors – after all we all have elderly parents !

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Skip Seglipse

Can’t wait for these changes!

The car-obsessed trying to preserve the status quo in Astoria should move out to Long Island if they need to drive everywhere.

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Gino "Buck Wild" Hardonia

How will I make a Uturn at the end in my IRoC Z playing “All Night Passion” on blast with a bud nip between my legs, shouting all out hotties in the Summer?

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L Jenn

This is a good idea, which will improve the park and access to the shoreline view for park users. Hopefully it will reduce some of the speeding and obnoxious activity that goes on too, especially with muffler-less motorcycles. If not, I hope DOT will consider adding some speed bumps.

Next: Fix the sewage overflow problems in the river, please.

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Bob

How will cars parked on Shore Bl where they have always parked change the “shoreline” view?

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