...Queens Plaza's star has faded, tarnished by traffic snarls and the seedy feeling shrouding its once-bustling sidewalks. In an effort to revive the plaza's former polish and prestige, the city is moving forward with a $43 million project to rebuild the plaza and make it safer.
The project went out to bid last week. It will overhaul the plaza's street grid, a portal through which roughly 70,000 motorists pass each day.
Plans call for redesigned intersections and sidewalks, with medians to improve traffic circulation and to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the plaza. It also envisions a 1.5-acre park carved out of underutilized parking lots.In addition, a protected bike lane will link the bridge over Sunnyside Yards to the bridge's bike path, where daily ridership doubled from 546 to 1,292 between 2000 and 2007, city data shows.
$43M Queens Plaza face-lift hits the fast lane