2010 Projects

This is a list of past community presentations from DOT projects from 2010. DOT generally presents projects at community board meetings where the public can ask questions and provide feedback. Contact DOT if you have a question, comment or concern about a project See a list of current projects See lists of projects from other recent years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013

the Bronx

East 180th Street Traffic Calming

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The corridor of East 180th Street in the Bronx from Webster Avenue to Boston Road ranks 5th in the Bronx for crashes per mile. This wide roadway will be calmed with narrowed lanes and a painted center median to reduce speeding without removing capacity and better manage the flow of traffic. New left turn bays and pedestrian refuge islands will be installed at the intersections to provide safer pedestrian crossings. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Randall/Leggett/Tiffany Avenues Improvement

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To provide access to Barretto Point Park, and in response to recent bicycle and pedestrian fatalities, DOT is implementing a traffic calming project for the length of Leggett/Randall Avenues and Tiffany Avenue within the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. The project includes bike lanes, center medians, crosswalks, and landscaped concrete islands at key intersections. The goal is to slow truck movement and make the area more accessible to all users. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Crotona Avenue Improvements

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Crotona Avenue bisects Crotona Park in the Bronx and the community requested traffic calming measures to slow speeding vehicles. This spring, DOT will install Class 2 bike lanes and six pedestrian refuge islands on Crotona Avenue from Crotona Park South to Crotona Park North to calm traffic, increase safety and improve pedestrian and cyclist conditions within the park. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Southern Boulevard and Crames Square

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The complex, five-legged intersection of Hunts Point Avenue, East 163rd Street and Southern Boulevard in the Bronx suffers from safety problems for pedestrians, traffic congestion and overall confusion. Improvements will begin during the Summer of 2010. Based upon collaboration with community members, DOT will shorten crosswalks and add landscaped refuge islands in order to reduce congestion and increase safety for all users. These changes can be evaluated to determine what permanent measures might be constructed. DOT held a public meeting in November, 2009 with members of the Longwood community in South Bronx to hear their concerns and ideas for improving the area around Crames Square for pedestrians. DOT used this feedback to define the proposed changes. Download a slideshow on the intersection before the proposed improvements (November 2009) Download a slideshow on the proposed safety improvements (May 2010)

Brooklyn

North Flatbush Avenue Capital Project

The North Flatbush Avenue Capital Project is a public space and pedestrian safety initiative on the commercial stretch of Flatbush Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Grand Army Plaza. Working with the North Flatbush Business Improvement District and a host of community stakeholders, the Department has secured $2.75 million in capital funds to improve the look and feel of the corridor by expanding and reconfiguring the plaza-like "triangles" that are formed where Flatbush Avenue, the numbered avenues, and residential side streets come together. The project will also include curb extensions at side street intersections to decrease crossing distances and improve pedestrian safety. The proposed project scope and preliminary design were shared with the transportation committees of Brooklyn Community Boards 6 and 8 in late September 2010, and will be forwarded to the Department of Design and Construction for final design and implementation in the coming months. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Fort Hamilton Parkway, Seventh Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway Intersection Safety Improvement Alternatives

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In response to community requests to address the highway off-ramp traffic merging with local Seventh Avenue northbound traffic outside of PS 127 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, DOT separated the approaches and added an additional signal phase and two refuge islands in 2009. DOT proposes an alternate plan to reduce congestion in the area. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Sheepshead Bay Senior Pedestrian Focus Area

DOT evaluated pedestrian conditions in the neighborhood from a senior’s perspective and made engineering changes, such as extending pedestrian crossing times at crosswalks and shortening crossing distances, altering curbs and sidewalks, restricting vehicle turns, and narrowing roadways. The final report details the outcome of the study in the Sheepshead Bay Senior Pedestrian Focus Area in Brooklyn. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) Download the final report (pdf)

Borough Park Senior Pedestrian Focus Area

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DOT evaluated pedestrian conditions in the neighborhood from a senior’s perspective and made engineering changes, such as extending pedestrian crossing times at crosswalks and shortening crossing distances, altering curbs and sidewalks, restricting vehicle turns, and narrowing roadways. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Flushing Avenue

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This project will address Flushing Avenue on the south side of the Brooklyn Navy Yard between Williamsburg Street West to Navy Street. The goals of the project are to: increase pedestrian and cyclist safety, channelize and control local vehicular traffic and increase landscaping along the corridor. The project will be implemented in July 2010. It will include converting Flushing Avenue to a one-way westbound street with two lanes of parking and a two-way bike path on the north side of the street, adjacent to the Navy Yard. The bike lane will be separated from traffic with a landscaped median and a "floating" parking lane. Flushing Avenue is the latest extension of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Empire Boulevard at Flatbush & Ocean Avenues Intersection Improvements

The intersection of Empire Boulevard at Flatbush and Ocean Avenues has a history of high pedestrian crashes. The community requested that improvements be made at this location to improve safety for all users. By better aligning traffic flow and providing pedestrian refuges, DOT aims to dramatically decrease the number of crashes that occur at this intersection. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Vanderbilt Avenue Bicycle Lanes

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In 2008, DOT put this four lane street into a "road diet." The redesigned street, running between Plaza Street East and Dean Street, has two vehicle lanes with bike lanes, a median and green refuge islands and the same carrying capacity. In response to a Community Board 2 request to study feasibility of enhanced bicycle facility connections, in 2010 DOT extended the successful bicycle facility design on Vanderbilt Avenue from Dean Street to Flushing Avenue. The improvements will increase safety for all road users by channelizing traffic and organizing street configuration, particularly at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue. Dedicated bicycle lanes will be provided from Dean Street to Gates Avenue and the facility will continue to the Brooklyn Navy Yard with a shared route design, providing connections to the well-used existing bicycle facilities in the neighborhood. Download a slideshow about the project (April 2008) Download images of the first project (June 2008) Download a slideshow about the extension (May 2010)

Grand Army Plaza Enhancements

Building upon past improvements at Grand Army Plaza, DOT is redesigning the northern and southwest sections of Grand Army Plaza as well as the outer Plaza Street ring. Improvements will include landscaped islands and crosswalks; safety measures for all users; enhanced plaza space at the entrance to Prospect Park and north of the arch; and improved bike access. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Prospect Park West Bicycle Path and Traffic Calming

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Prospect Park West runs along the western edge of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. It currently is the site of chronic speeding which sometimes leads to injury inducing crashes. The street is in a high bicycle use area, but does not have a bicycle facility, which can cause conflicts between cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles. This project will improve conditions for all users by installing a parking protected two-way bicycle path, removing one through travel lane and installing flush pedestrian refuge islands. This will enhance safety by creating shorter pedestrian crossings and reducing vehicle speeds. It will improve connectivity, mobility and safety by providing connections to existing bicycle lanes in Park Slope. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (March 2009) Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (March 2010) Learn about the results of the project

Manhattan

First and Second Avenues Select Bus Service

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On October 10, 2010, the DOT and the MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) inaugurated Select Bus Service on the M15 line on First and Second Avenues. M15 SBS uses Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) features such as off-board fare collection and bus-only lanes to increase speed and reliability. In the year since service began, ridership on the M15 has increased by 9%, speeds have improved by 15 to 18%. Learn more about the project

Inwood-Sherman Creek Traffic Study

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The goal of the Inwood-Sherman Creek Traffic Study is to improve pedestrian safety at critical intersections in this neighborhood. It evolved from the Sherman Creek re-development effort undertaken by the Department of City Planning and the Economic Development Corporation in 2003. The redevelopment or rezoning would increase the residential density and this study was intended to address increased future pedestrian circulation. Sixteen intersections have been studied and the accompanying presentation was provided to the community to seek their input on preliminary designs. DOT will use data from the Traffic Study to improve other intersections and corridors not included in this presentation. Any comments or feedback about this presentation should be shared with Manhattan Community Board 12. Download the presentation.

Water and Whitehall Streets Plaza

NYC plaza program

A redundant slip road will become a new plaza diagonally across from the newly refurbished Peter Minuet Plaza in front of Manhattan’s Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The intersection will have a simpler traffic pattern, shorter crosswalks and honor the historic Army Induction Center that stood on the block from 1884 to 1969, its eight story skeleton hidden within a modern high-rise. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Columbus Avenue Parking-Protected Bicycle Path

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Following a feasibility study requested by Community District 7, DOT is installing a parking-protected bicycle path on Columbus Avenue between West 96th and West 77th to improve safety for all road users along the corridor. Improvements include a "floating" parking lane on the east side of the street to retain parking and loading capacity, concrete pedestrian refuge islands and dedicated left-turn vehicle lanes installed at wide two-way intersecting streets to shorten crossing distances for pedestrians and channel vehicle traffic, mixing zone safety treatments at narrow one-way intersecting eastbound streets. The project will retain all existing vehicle travel lanes. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) Download a preliminary assessment of the project (October 2011) Download the post-implementation presentation (pdf)

Upper West Side Senior Pedestrian Focus Area

DOT evaluated pedestrian conditions in the neighborhood from a senior’s perspective and made engineering changes, such as extending pedestrian crossing times at crosswalks and shortening crossing distances, altering curbs and sidewalks, restricting vehicle turns, and narrowing roadways. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Stuyvesant Town Senior Pedestrian Focus Area

Safe Streets for Seniors is a major pedestrian safety initiative for older New Yorkers. NYC DOT examined accident histories across the city and identified 25 city neighborhoods that had a high number of pedestrian crashes or injuries. DOT engineers evaluated pedestrian conditions in these neighborhoods from a senior’s perspective and made engineering changes, such as extending pedestrian crossing times at crosswalks, shortening crossing distances, altering curbs and sidewalks, restricting vehicle turns and narrowing roadways. The following report details the outcome of the study in the Stuyvesant Town Senior Pedestrian Focus Area in Manhattan. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Avenue C & East 18th Street: Intersection Safety Improvements

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In response to community requests to improve pedestrian safety and access at Avenue C and East 18th Street, the crossroads of an on-off ramp for the FDR Drive, Murphy Park, the East River Greenway, and Stuyvesant Town, DOT constructed a large landscaped pedestrian refuge island to shorten the crossing distance and calm traffic. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Broadway and Union Square Improvements

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Union Square, one of New York City’s most important and historic intersections and public places will receive safety and quality of life improvements this summer. The changes extend improvements made in 2008 and 2009 to Broadway between Columbus Circle and Madison Square Park, bringing safety changes, traffic simplification, plazas, greenery and bike paths south to Union Square. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) Broadway and Union Square Improvements Fact Sheet Union Square post-project data

Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street Pedestrian Safety Upgrades

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West 125th Street in Manhattan is a busy retail corridor with heavy pedestrian and vehicular volumes. Two intersections along this corridor at Lenox and St. Nicholas Avenues are receiving pedestrian safety improvements as part of the High Pedestrian Crash Location program. Median extensions will be constructed on Lenox Avenue to provide a pedestrian refuge, shorten crossing distances and improve streetscape with new trees. Curb extensions will be constructed at three corners of St. Nicholas Avenue to reduce crossing distances and improve pedestrian safety. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Queens

Greenpoint Avenue & Van Dam Street - Bridge Bicycle Lane & Intersection Improvements

Bicycle Route Projects

The Greenpoint Avenue Bridge will be undergoing component rehabilitation with a majority of the work being completed by October 2010. The rehabilitation will extend the lifespan of the bridge while improving the roadway surface of the bridge and at each approach. After the rehabilitation, DOT will make needed safety improvements for all roadway users of the bridge and adjacent intersections. Improvements include new pedestrian signals, updated intersection markings with hi-visibility cross-walks, turning lanes at each end of bridge, possible signal timing changes, bicycle lanes on Queens approach; and a reduction of lanes toward the center of the bridge to accommodate buffered bicycle lanes over the bridge. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Intersection Improvements at Crossbay/Woodhaven, Liberty, Rockaway

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After a child fatality in 2009, the intersection of Crossbay/Woodhaven, Liberty and Rockaway in Ozone Park, Queens was targeted by DOT and NYPD for safety improvements. In terms of crash injuries per year, the intersection of Rockaway & Woodhaven ranked in the 99th percentile and Rockaway & 94th St ranked in the 89th percentile for Queens. The intersection is congested and difficult to navigate for all road users, containing 7 bus lines, an elevated subway train, high traffic and pedestrian volumes and very complex intersection geometry. Through a series of road closures, signal timing changes, bus stop relocation, new turning lanes, new vehicle routing and expanded pedestrian space, this comprehensive redesign project aims to improve safety for all users, simplify the intersection, improve pedestrian crossings, relieve congestion for key movements and provide more public space. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Rockaway Boulevard Traffic Calming

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The four mile study area along Rockaway Boulevard from Atlantic Avenue to Sutphin Boulevard in Queens is a wide corridor with multiple travel lanes. It is adjacent to eight priority schools and ranks in the 89th percentile of severe injury corridors in Queens. Excess capacity at off peak hours encourages speeding; approximately 59% of vehicles exceed the speed limit along this roadway. Long blocks, long signal cycles and low volumes encourage jaywalking. The proposed project will calm traffic by reducing lanes in some portions and adding left turn bays and wide parking lanes. The safety improvements along this corridor will benefit all road users. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Downtown Flushing Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Improvements

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DOT will begin a pilot traffic plan in downtown Flushing this July to improve pedestrian safety and improve traffic flow. The pilot plan will add and modify turning restrictions at key intersections in the downtown area while maintaining the current two-way operation of Main and Union Streets. The turning restrictions will reduce the conflicts between cars and pedestrians at the busiest intersections. The pilot plan also includes the widening of the sidewalks to improve pedestrian flow in the downtown area. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Hoyt Avenue at RFK Bridge

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The RFK Bridge touches down into the bustling heart of Astoria with connections to the Grand Central Parkway and local streets. This crossroads serves subway and La Guardia Airport bus passengers, as well as locals moving to and from various neighborhood destinations. DOT’s project will shorten crosswalks, tweak traffic patterns, modify signal timing and phasing, add green elements, and most importantly create new public space in an area that sees hundreds of pedestrians a day. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)

Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel

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Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel is a long stretch of wide road where motorists frequently speed. The 1.8 mile stretch from Addabbo Bridge to East 4th Road in Broad Channel, adjacent to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, looks like a highway but is actually a city street. The speeding on this road has proven deadly: fourteen fatalities have occurred within this area between 2003 and 2010; including twelve motor vehicle occupants and two pedestrians. These statistics concerned the community and local politicians who requested action. In order to bring speeds down to the posted speed limit (40 mph) and make Cross Bay Boulevard safer for all users, the moving lanes will be reduced from three lanes to two in each direction. The areas separating motor vehicles from bikes and pedestrians will be widened to create more of a buffer and create a safer and more pleasant traveling environment for all modes of transportation. A guardrail will also be installed between the southbound lanes and the bike and pedestrian path. This will reduce opportunities for speeding, and create safer bike and walking areas. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf)