2011 Projects

This is a list of past community presentations from DOT projects from 2011. 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, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

the Bronx

Claremont Neighborhood Slow Zone

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The Bronx neighborhood of Claremont is a strong candidate for a slow zone because of a high pedestrian crash rate and large number of schools. This was the first pilot slow zone in the city and serves as a model for future neighborhoods. The proposed treatments of the slow zone project will improve safety for all roadway users, reduce traffic noise and cut-through traffic, and enhance the social quality of the streets. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Bronx Community Board 3 in May 2011)

West 230th Street & Broadway

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The NYPD has identified the intersection of West 230th Street and Broadway as an crash-prone location. The community board has also expressed concerns regarding pedestrian safety at this intersection. DOT is installing safety improvements such as pedestrian fencing, raised concrete medians and pedestrian countdown signals. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Bronx Community Board 8 in April 2011)

Brooklyn

Grand Army Plaza Enhancements

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Building upon past improvements at Grand Army Plaza, DOT is redesigning the northern and southwest sections of Grand Army Plaza. 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 the project’s schedule (pdf) (Presented to Brooklyn Community Board 6 in April 2011)

Greenpoint Senior Area

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Improvements for the Greenpoint Safe Streets for Seniors pedestrian focus area include signal modifications to accommodate slower walking speeds, pedestrian countdown signals, upgrades to advanced stop bars and high visibility crosswalks, a parking lane stripe along McGuinness Boulevard and channelization at Driggs Avenue to calm traffic, and traffic organization at Engert Avenue and Newton Street to reduce spill back and congestion. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Brooklyn Community Board 1 in June 2011)

Linden Boulevard Traffic Calming

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In order to reduce speeding and better organize traffic, one through travel lane in each direction from Bedford Avenue to Brooklyn Avenue will be removed. A flush center median with turn bays and parking lane stripes will be installed. Markings will be refurbished and a parking lane stripe will be installed from Brooklyn Ave to E. 58th St. crosswalks will be upgraded to high visibility at necessary locations. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Brooklyn Community Board 17 in June 2011)

Old Fulton Pedestrian Enhancements & Bicycle Lanes

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DOT has developed a design in response to community requests that will reduce illegal parking while improving pedestrian and bicycle access between the Brooklyn Bridge promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The project includes expanded sidewalks, landscaped concrete islands, shortened crossings, and marked bicycle lanes. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Brooklyn Community Board 2 in June 2011)

Putnam Triangle Plaza

NYC plaza program

DOT is working closely with the Fulton Area Business Alliance (FAB) to create a plaza using temporary materials in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. This presentation was made to the Community Board 2 Transportation Committee in June 2011 and the project was unanimously supported. Implementation is scheduled for Fall 2011. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Brooklyn Community Board 2 in June 2011)

Washington Avenue Safety Improvements

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At the community’s request for safety improvements, DOT collaborated with local groups for planned shorter crosswalks, a new planted median on Atlantic, expansion of Lowry Triangle Park and sidewalk with trees at Park Place. Download a presentation on safety improvements (Presented to Brooklyn Community Board 2 in February 2011) Download a presentation on corridor treatments (Presented to Brooklyn Community Board 8 in April 2011)

Manhattan

7th Avenue and West 23rd Street

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Seventh Avenue and West 23rd Street has consistently been ranked as a high pedestrian crash location citywide. DOT will improve safety by reducing vehicle and pedestrian conflicts, shortening crossing distances, and better managing the flow of traffic. The intersection is in the Midtown West Senior Pedestrian Focus Area and has high pedestrian volumes due to nearby bus and subway stops. The proposed improvements will provide safer pedestrian crossings while enhancing the streetscape. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 4 in January 2011)

8th and 9th Avenues Complete Street Extension

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This project builds on safety improvements on Eighth and Ninth Avenues south of 34th Street, which have decreased injuries for all road users by up to 58 percent. DOT proposes an extension of the redesign up to 59th Street. The design includes a curbside parking-protected bicycle path, floating parking/loading lane, mixing zones and dedicated left-turn treatments, concrete pedestrian safety islands, retention of all vehicle travel lanes, and the addition of commercial loading regulations at certain locations. The cycling volumes on both Eighth and Ninth Avenues continue to grow, and this design will meet the need for safe bicycle facilities that support vehicle traffic mobility and commercial loading in Midtown West and Hell’s Kitchen. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 4 in September 2011)

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard Safety Improvements

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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard is in the top 10% of streets in Manhattan for serious road injuries and traffic fatalities. Up to 2 out of 3 vehicles exceed the 30 mph speed limit on this bustling corridor - heavily used by pedestrians. In July 2011, DOT conducted a community workshop to solicit feedback and input from Harlem residents, merchants, and community members on appropriate safety improvement measures that will make the street safer for all road users, while preserving the historical integrity of the neighborhood. In September 2011, DOT reported these comments and recommendations to the Community Board and is continuing to study these recommended traffic calming treatments for feasibility. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 10 in September 2011) Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (July 2011) Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 10 in June 2012) Download an evaluation of the project (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan CB 10 Transportation Committee in December 2010) Download a presentation on the extension (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 10 in January 2013)

Broadway - Amsterdam Avenue & West 71st Street Pedestrian Safety Redesign

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At the request of local elected officials and community, DOT is implementing a safety focused redesign of this complex and busy intersection. The project adds more pedestrian space and pedestrian protection, two new crosswalks and shortens pedestrian crossing distances. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 7 in August 2011)

Broadway - Amsterdam Avenue & West 71st Street Intersection Redesign

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The intersection of Broadway, Amsterdam Avenue and West 71st Street is a complex location with high numbers of pedestrian crashes. The DOT has proposed a redesign of this location to improve the streets and sidewalks and bring safety enhancements to this busy intersection. By extending the curbs, islands and medians, crossing distances are shortened and vehicles are forced to make slower turns through the crosswalks. The benefits of this project also include additional pedestrian space and crossings, better alignment of crosswalks, and a reduced number of pedestrian/vehicle conflict points. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (September 2010)

Columbus Avenue Parking-Protected Bicycle Path

Bicycle Route Projects

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) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 7 in May 2010) Download a preliminary assessment of the project (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 7 in October 2011) Download the post-implementation presentation (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 7 in November 2012)

Hudson River Greenway Access - Riverside Drive north of West 181st Street

Bicycle Route Projects

In order to improve safety for all road users on Riverside Drive north of West 181st Street, this block will be converted from one-way to two-way, providing southbound access for motorists and for cyclists exiting the Hudson River Greenway. Shared lane signs and markings will be installed on Riverside Drive and West 181st Street to establish a connection to existing bicycle lanes on Fort Washington Avenue. Additional safety improvements, including new curb ramps and signal adjustments are planned at the crossing to the pedestrian and bicycle bridge. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 12 in September 2011)

Lexington Avenue Daylighting Pedestrian Safety Project

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Left-turning vehicles are responsible for three times as many pedestrian fatalities and severe injuries as right-turning vehicles citywide. Blind spots on the front left side of vehicles can prevent left-turning drivers from seeing pedestrians, especially when turning from one-way avenues. Daylighting – providing a clear curb lane at the approach to an intersection – improves visibility between pedestrians and drivers making left turns. On Lexington Avenue, two-thirds of all pedestrians struck crossing with the signal were struck by left-turning vehicles. This pedestrian safety project will daylight all intersections where left turns are permitted on Lexington Avenue from East 59th Street to East 21st Street. A total of 4% of parking spaces (15 spaces) will be removed, or one space every two to three blocks. Daylighting will maintain existing traffic patterns while enhancing mutual visibility for pedestrians and drivers, reducing the number of crashes involving left-turning vehicles, and improving pedestrian safety. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 6 in March 2011)

Sherman Creek-Inwood Safety Improvements

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In response to safety concerns expressed by Manhattan Community Board 12, DOT conducted an area-wide transportation study. This presentation outlines improvements to several intersections, planned to be carried out over the summer of 2011. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 12 in May 2011)

West 29th and West 30th Street Greenway Connections

Bicycle Route Projects

There are few continuous crosstown streets that connect from First Avenue to the heavily traveled Hudson River Greenway. West 29th and West 30th Streets are the only east/west pair between Midtown and Chelsea that would allow cyclists this crosstown access and connections to the existing bicycle network. The project includes installing dedicated turn lanes at all avenues with a minimal loss of approximately 8 on-street parking spaces combined for both streets, replacing daytime no standing/parking regulations. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 4 in August 2011)

Queens

36th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard Intersection Redesign

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New sidewalk extensions at Vernon Boulevard and 36th Avenue between the Roosevelt Island Bridge roadway and service roads in Queens will enhance pedestrian safety and access. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Queens Community Board 1 in March 2011)

44th Drive - Vernon Blvd to Thomson Ave Traffic Calming

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44th Drive between Vernon Boulevard and Thomson Avenue is a high crash corridor with wide streets and low traffic volumes. In April 2011, DOT will remove one travel lane in each direction, install left turn bays and a wide parking stripe, and upgrade crosswalks to high visibility. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Queens Community Board 2 in March 2011)

48th Avenue - 5th St to Vernon Blvd Street Redesign

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The community requested a study of 48th Avenue in the Hunters Point community. In response, DOT developed a plan that provides parking on both sides of a painted median, between Vernon Boulevard and Fifth Street, to calm traffic and serve local businesses. It also increases pedestrian safety by installing large painted refuge areas that shorten crosswalks which can become a permanent landscaped median in the future. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Queens Community Board 2 in March 2011)

Queens Boulevard & 69th Street Intersection Safety Improvements

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The intersection of Queens Boulevard and 69th Street has been identified as a high pedestrian crash location in Queens. The intersection has long pedestrian crossing distances, multiple pedestrian/vehicle conflict points, heavy vehicular through volumes, and minimal refuge on existing medians. Extending five existing median tips on Queens Boulevard, three in the west and two in the east crosswalks, and widening a current median in the east crosswalk will calm turning traffic, reduce pedestrian crossing distance and create a safer crossing. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Queens Community Board 2 in September 2011)

Staten Island

Greeley Avenue Traffic Calming

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Greeley Avenue was previously calmed with channelized buffers and speed boards in 2005, but the project did not produce the dramatic reduction in speeds as intended. DOT will install a painted center median and parking stripe between Rudyard St and Colony Ave to further calm the corridor and increase safety for the residents and surrounding schools. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Midland Beach Civic Association in June 2011)

Hylan Boulevard and Steuben Street

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Hylan Boulevard and Steuben Street is a high crash intersection that experienced two left-turning fatalities in 2010. DOT installed a protected left turn phase for E/B Hylan Boulevard with dual left turn lanes in December 2010. In April 2011, the concrete median in the east crosswalk will be extended to provide refuge space and a safer pedestrian crossing. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Staten Island Community Board 2 in March 2011)

Slosson Avenue/Todt Hill Road Safety Improvements

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This section of Slosson Ave and Todt Hill Road is a high crash corridor with varying lane widths, a high percentage of speeding vehicles, and traffic congestion near the Staten Island Expressway ramps. DOT will improve the safety of the area by introducing traffic calming and pedestrian protection measures to organize traffic flow, simplify vehicle turns, and reduce speeding. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Staten Island Community Board 1 in June 2011)