From the Queens Courier:
After an 18-month, $1.4 million community-driven study to address traffic congestion, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has recognized the transportation and pedestrian needs of Jackson Heights.
In a community open house on Saturday, April 17, DOT presented the research and data collected that highlighted the area’s most pressing issues and they will present their solutions at two public community workshops on Tuesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Public School 60 at 77-02 37th Avenue. The DOT hopes to share a vision of how the streets would look and function, and to create the framework for future transportation improvements.
“The goal is to come up with short-term solutions in a collaborative fashion. We will propose temporary fixes to these problems and monitor how well they work,” said DOT Project Manager Willa Ng. “We can expand sidewalks and close down streets with paint.”
Double parking, traffic and pedestrian congestion, noise and air pollution were among the major issues cited. Also noted was how vendors followed pedestrians and so key streets continued to be overcrowded. In some areas, traffic moved under five miles per hour.