From the Queens Chronicle:
The Queens Chronicle has learned that the city’s Department of Transportation pulled its longtime plan to convert Main and Union to one-way streets in Flushing, leaving area officials wondering why the about-face.
The nixed DOT project called for converting Main Street to one-way northbound and Union Street to one-way southbound, both to Sanford Avenue. The purpose was to relieve traffic congestion in the downtown area.
DOT officials studied the traffic situation in Flushing for years, meeting with area officials, merchants and civic groups for feedback. The final plan was announced a year ago.
The city earmarked $6 million for the changes that also included widening sidewalks on the two streets by up to 10 feet, adding street lights and plantings and changing bus stops. New truck loading areas were to be designated to avoid double parking and interfering with traffic.
Mabel Law, executive director of the Flushing Business Improvement District, was also working closely with the city on the traffic plan. She hadn’t been informed about the change. “I met with them only a couple of weeks ago and thought the project had been delayed to June,” Law said. “I don’t know why they would reverse themselves. It’s very strange.”
According to CB 7 officials, DOT said the plan was dangerous because it forced buses to make too many right-hand turns. But why it took the city so long to reach this conclusion is not known.
It's because we have a DOT Commissioner who doesn't know her ass from her elbow.