2015 Projects

NYC DOT presents many projects at community board meetings where the public may ask questions and provide feedback. Listed below are the community presentations of NYC DOT projects implemented in 2015. List of Current Projects Projects from other years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 If you have questions, comments or concerns please contact the NYC DOT Borough Commissioners.

Current Projects

Bronx

Bruckner Boulevard, Hunts Point Safety Improvements

Complete Streets

Bruckner Blvd and specifically the intersection with Hunts Point Ave was identified as Vision Zero priorities. This project proposed pedestrian and bike safety improvements along the corridor, including: wider pedestrian refuge islands, curb extensions, shortened crossings, and bike paths physically separated from vehicles. Overall, the project took a holistic planning approach to the corridor, new slip lanes improve vehicular movements onto the Bruckner Expressway and enhance safety for pedestrians and cyclists that cross between the neighborhoods of Longwood and Hunts Point.

Bruckner Boulevard, Hunts Point Safety Improvements - presented to Bronx Community Board 2 in March 2015 (pdf)

East 165th Street, Jerome Avenue to Melrose Avenue

Complete Streets

NYC DOT planned corridor safety improvements on E 165 St between Jerome Ave and Melrose Ave. E 165 St was identified as a Priority Corridor in the 2015 Bronx Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. The new design for the corridor improves safety for all users on E 165 St. From Walton Ave to Sherman Ave, where E 165 St becomes 75’ wide, new lane designations better organized traffic and improved safety while maintaining traffic flow. At E 165 St and Grand Concourse, pedestrian refuge islands were constructed to provide shorter crossing distances for pedestrians crossing E 165 St and left turn bays were installed to better organize traffic turning onto Grand Concourse. A new east/west bike route, with a combination of bike lanes and shared lane markings, was installed to connect to the five existing north/south bike routes that intersect with E 165 St, increasing connectivity to the Bicycle Network in the neighborhood.

East 165th Street, Jerome Avenue to Melrose Avenue - presented to Bronx Community Board 4 in May 2015 (pdf)

East Tremont Avenue, Williamsbridge Road to Bruckner Boulevard

Pedestrian Mobility and Safety

In response to community requests and building upon the completed 2014 project, NYC DOT proposed to improve East Tremont from Williamsbridge Road to Bruckner Blvd. Improvements included shortening crossing distances and clarifying traffic patterns at complex intersections, studying signal timing for potential phasing changes and new signals, and installing traffic calming markings along the entire corridor.

East Tremont Avenue, Williamsbridge Road to Bruckner Boulevard - presented to Bronx Community Board 10 in March 2015 (pdf)

Edward L. Grant Safety Improvements

Complete Streets

Edward L. Grant Highway near the Washington Bridge on- and off-ramps is a critical node in the bus network. Five bus routes use the highway to travel between the Bronx and Manhattan. The high volume of buses, mixed with heavy pedestrian and general traffic, must navigate a wide roadway that includes long pedestrian crossings and a three-lane merge for the buses. Starting in 2014, NYC DOT began reshaping the roadway to increase pedestrian safety, reduce conflicts between buses and other vehicles, and improve bus stops. The project included a bus boarding island, a one-block bus lane, a pedestrian refuge island, and two sidewalk extensions. The upgrades were completed and buses began using the new bus boarding island on February 8, 2015.

Edward L. Grant Safety Improvements - presented to Bronx Community Board 4 Municipal Services Committee April 2014 (pdf) Edward L. Grant Safety Improvements Photos

Intervale Avenue Traffic Calming & Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Mobility and Safety

In response to community requests for safety improvements, NYC DOT proposed traffic calming with pedestrian islands on the Intervale Avenue corridor from Freeman to Dawson St. At the southern end, the city's first true roundabout was constructed at the large, wide intersection of Intervale Avenue and Dawson Street, providing access between Rainey Park and the surrounding residential and community areas.

Intervale Avenue Traffic Calming & Pedestrian Safety - presented to Bronx Community Board 2 in February 2015 (pdf)

Jackson Avenue & Westchester Avenue Pedestrian Improvements

Pedestrian Mobility and Safety

In response to community requests, NYC DOT proposed pedestrian improvements to the eastbound Bx4 bus stop on Westchester Ave at Jackson Ave. The proposal created a large pedestrian triangle that allows passengers to access the bus from a raised concrete sidewalk, where they previously stood in the road. This reduces potential conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians, and accommodates passengers with mobility constraints.

Jackson Avenue & Westchester Avenue Pedestrian Improvements - presented to Bronx Community Board 1 in January 2015 (pdf)

Prospect Avenue, Jennings Street to East 149th Street

Complete Streets

NYC DOT planned corridor safety improvements on Prospect Ave between Jennings St and E 149 St. Prospect Ave was identified as a Priority Corridor in the 2015 Bronx Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. The new design for the corridor improves safety for all users on Prospect Ave and included a flush median, left turn bays, and bike lanes which better organize traffic and improve safety while maintaining traffic flow. Pedestrian refuge islands were constructed at five locations to provide shorter crossing distances for pedestrians crossing Prospect Ave. In addition, painted curb extensions were added at two adjacent intersections—Prospect Ave & Ave St. John and Prospect Ave & E. 155 St/Dawson St—to clearly create two distinct intersections. The new curb extensions also shortened crossing distances for pedestrians and allow for slower and safer turns onto Prospect Ave.

Prospect Avenue, Jennings Street to East 149th Street - presented to Bronx Community Board 2 in June 2015 (pdf)

Brooklyn

65th Street, Sixth Avenue to Twelfth Avenue

Complete Streets

In response to numerous community requests, NYC DOT proposed traffic calming improvements on 65 St from 6 Ave to 12 Ave. 65 St was identified as a Priority Corridor in the Vision Zero Brooklyn Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. NYC DOT removed rush hour regulations from Fort Hamilton Parkway to 6 Ave allowing a markings upgrade with the addition of a parking lane stripe from 6 Ave to 12 Ave. All intersections received upgraded high visibility crosswalks and six intersections received leading pedestrian intervals (LPIs). In addition, a curb extension and lane designations for northbound traffic were added at 7 Ave and 65 St. These changes discourage speeding, organize traffic, and provide safer crossings for pedestrians.

65th Street, Sixth Avenue to Twelfth Avenue - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 10 in April 2015 (pdf)

Atlantic Avenue/Washington Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Pedestrian Mobility and Safety

In response to local community requests, NYC DOT proposed pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Atlantic Ave and Washington Ave. The proposal added new concrete elements to shorten pedestrian crossings, provided additional pedestrian crossing time and provided a northbound left turn arrow allowing pedestrians to begin their crossing in advance of left turning vehicles. Additionally, the proposal restricted the southbound left turn from Washington Ave to Atlantic Ave, added new crosswalks along Washington Ave and restricted westbound Atlantic Ave and southbound Washington Ave turns onto Underhill Ave. The plan reduced pedestrian conflicts throughout the intersection and provided both shorter pedestrian crossings and greater pedestrian crossing time in the intersection.

Atlantic Avenue/Washington Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvements - presented to Brooklyn Community Board's 2 & 8 in December 2014 (pdf)

Bergen Street & Boerum Place Enhanced Crossing

Complete Streets

In response to community requests, NYC DOT planned a new enhanced crossing on Bergen St at Boerum Pl. The new marked crosswalk with accompanying pedestrian warning signs expanded the pedestrian network, while making crossing pedestrians more visible to approaching vehicles.

Bergen Street & Boerum Place Enhanced Crossing - presented to Brooklyn CB 2 Transportation Committee in September 2015 (pdf)

Bond Street Bicycle Route Upgrade

Bicycle Route Projects

The proposed Bond Street bicycle project upgraded the existing shared lane between Wyckoff Street and Schermerhorn Street to a green painted curb side bike lane on the east side of the street, improving access, circulation and safety for cyclists.

Bond Street Bicycle Route Upgrade - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 2 in May 2015 (pdf)

Brooklyn Avenue/Kingston Avenue Transportation Improvements

Complete Streets

In response to a request from Brooklyn Community Board 8, NYC DOT planned safety improvements for Brooklyn Avenue and Kingston Avenue. The changes included improved signal coordination and traffic flow, an improved lane configuration and a designated bicycle route.

Brooklyn Avenue/Kingston Avenue Transportation Improvements - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 9 in June 2015 (pdf) Brooklyn Avenue/Kingston Avenue Transportation Improvements - presented to Brooklyn CB 3 TC in May 2015 and Full Board in June 2015 (pdf) Brooklyn Avenue/Kingston Avenue Transportation Improvements - presented to Brooklyn CB 8 Transportation Committee in March 2015 (pdf)

Brooklyn Heights Slow Zone

Neighborhood Slow Zones

The Brooklyn Neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights applied for a Neighborhood Slow Zones in Spring 2013. The application was accepted due to the proposed zone's high frequency of crashes and injuries, strong natural boundaries and the presence of multiple schools in the area. The proposed treatments lowered the speed limit to 20 mph within the zone, improving safety for all roadway users, reducing traffic noise and cut-through traffic, and enhancing the social quality of the streets.

Brooklyn Heights Slow Zone - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 2 in April 2015 (pdf)

Canarsie Pier Fresh Creek Connector

Complete Streets

NYC DOT proposed to extend the Jamaica Bay Greenway via a two-way protected path from Canarsie Circle to Flatlands Ave, along Rockaway Parkway, Shore Parkway Service Road, East 102nd St, Seaview Ave, and East 108th St.

Canarsie Pier Fresh Creek Connector - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 18 in April 2015 (pdf) Canarsie Pier Fresh Creek Connector - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 18 in February 2015 (pdf)

Caton Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Pedestrian Mobility and Safety

In response to community requests, NYC DOT proposed pedestrian safety improvements along Caton Avenue between Ocean Parkway and Coney Island Avenue. The proposal included installing 3 concrete pedestrian islands to shorten crossing distances and new crosswalks and signals to improve access and safety. The corridor was converted from 2 lanes in each direction to 1 lane with left turn bays to improve alignment and reduce speeding. A split-LPI signal phase was added to Ocean Parkway E and Caton Ave to reduce pedestrian and vehicle conflicts. Street directions in the neighborhood were modified to improve mobility and accommodate school activity. Five parking spaces were “daylighted” to improve sight lines and visibility. The eastbound B16 bus stop at Ocean Parkway was moved to improve bus operations and improve traffic flow.

Caton Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvements - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 7 in May 2015 (pdf) Caton Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvements - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 12 in May 2015 (pdf) Caton Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvements - presented at a Community Meeting in January 2015 (pdf)

Columbia Street Parklet Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Enhancement

Complete Streets

In response to community board and elected official request to activate a future potential park site, NYC DOT proposed to create resting areas that feature benches, bike racks, and areas for native grasses to be planted.

Eastern Parkway & Rockaway Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Improvements

Pedestrian Mobility and Safety

In response to numerous community requests, NYC DOT proposed safety improvements on Eastern Pkwy from Rockaway Ave to Atlantic Ave. The proposal included expanded crosswalks, curb extensions, pedestrian fencing, and left-turn restrictions, new markings, restoration of trees and bike lanes. These changes provide shorter and enhanced pedestrian crossings, reduce potential for conflicts between automobiles and pedestrians, and provide a safe cycling route through a complex intersection.

Eastern Parkway & Rockaway Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Improvements - Presented to Brooklyn CB 16 Transportation Committee in December 2014 (pdf)

George B. Post Plaza

Public Space

Previously implemented using interim materials, George B. Post Plaza has repurposed approximately 5000 square feet of roadway into a pedestrian-only public plaza by moving South 6th Street vehicle traffic onto Broadway. This change created safer crossings and more public space while maintaining current traffic operations. NYC DOT worked with NYC DDC to capitally redesign and construct the plaza to provide permanent amenities for this rapidly changing neighborhood. The capital redesign included new paving, new planting, enhanced street lighting, moveable furniture, wayfinding and flexible open space for small scale programming. Brooklyn CB1 voted in support of the capital design in March 2015. 

George B. Post Plaza - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 1 in February 2015 (pdf)

Greenpoint Avenue Traffic Flow Improvements

Bicycle Route Projects

The proposed Greenpoint Avenue project offered an improvement in traffic flow with the installation of a second travel lane in the westbound direction from Greenpoint Avenue Bridge to Provost Street, and relocating the bike lane curbside with a buffer. In the eastbound direction, the bike lane was relocated curbside west of Humboldt Street to the bridge and includes a buffer.

Greenpoint Avenue Traffic Flow Improvements - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 1 in March 2015 (pdf)

Jamaica Bay Greenway/Canarsie Pier Access - Seaview Avenue, East 102nd Street, Shore Parkway

Bicycle Route Projects

This project extended the Jamaica Bay Greenway from Canarsie Pier to Canarsie Park, along Rockaway Parkway, Shore Parkway, E 102nd St and Seaview Ave. Please note that due to community request, this project was modified from the version presented on April 15. No changes were made to East 108th St as part of this project and angle parking was maintained on East 102nd St.

Jamaica Bay Greenway/Canarsie Pier Access - Seaview Avenue, East 102nd Street, Shore Parkway - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 18 in April 2015 (pdf)

Maspeth Avenue & Kingsland Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Pedestrian Mobility and Safety

In response to numerous community complaints of speeding, NYC DOT proposed pedestrian safety improvements in East Williamsburg. The proposal increased pedestrian access and improved visibility by adding new crosswalks with daylighting on Maspeth Ave, Kingsland Ave, Debevoise Ave and Frost St. The plan also included a channelized median and parking buffer on Kingsland Ave, a parking buffer on Jackson St, and stop controls at the intersection of Jackson St and Debevoise Ave. These improvements enhanced safety by narrowing travel lanes and by reducing vehicle speeds throughout the area.

Maspeth & Kingsland Avenues Pedestrian Safety Improvements - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 1 in February 2015 (pdf)

Neptune Avenue, Stillwell Avenue to West 25th Street Corridor Safety Improvements

Complete Streets

NYC DOT proposed to make improvements to Neptune Avenue (from Stillwell Ave to W 25th St near IS239 Mark Twain) in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. Neptune Avenue is a Vision Zero Priority Corridor, with a Priority Intersection at Neptune Ave and Cropsey/W 17th St. The proposal included the addition of 4 new pedestrian refuge islands and a flush median with left turn bays. Increasing left turn storage at the eastbound approach to Cropsey Avenue, adding a pedestrian island in the east crosswalk and banning the westbound left turn simplified turn movements in the intersection and eased congestion at peak times. The proposal retained the existing number of moving lanes and consolidated buffer area in the center of the roadway which created space for pedestrian refuge islands and introduced more consistent parallel parking between Cropsey and Stillwell Ave. These changes provided shorter and safer crossings for pedestrians, simpler and safer left turns for drivers, eased congestion and created a more consistent and predictable environment for all road users.

Neptune Avenue, Stillwell Avenue to West 25th Street Corridor Safety Improvements - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 13 in May 2015 (pdf) Neptune Avenue, Stillwell Avenue to West 25th Street Corridor Safety Improvements - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 13 in April 2015 (pdf)

Prospect Heights Slow Zone

Neighborhood Slow Zones

The Brooklyn Neighborhood of Prospect Heights applied for a Neighborhood Slow Zones in Spring 2013. The application was accepted due to the proposed zone's high frequency of crashes and injuries, strong natural boundaries and the presence of multiple schools in the area. The proposed treatments lowered the speed limit to 20 mph within the zone, improving safety for all roadway users, reducing traffic noise and cut-through traffic, and enhancing the social quality of the streets.

Prospect Heights Slow Zone - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 8 in April 2015 (pdf)

Williamsburg Bridge Connections: South 5th Place & South 4th Street Bicycle Route

Bicycle Route Projects

NYC DOT proposed improvements to South 5th Place and the connection with the Williamsburg Bridge bicycle path. In the previously existing condition the street was one-way northbound, and cyclists heading southbound towards the bridge path were routed onto the sidewalk. The proposed design allowed bi-directional bicycle travel in the roadway, reserving the sidewalk for pedestrian use only. This project also included a concrete curb extension which improved connections between the bicycle path and the roadway, as well as between the Continental Park Plaza and the pedestrian path entrance on Bedford Ave.

Williamsburg Bridge Connections: South 5th Place & South 4th Street Bicycle Route - presented to Brooklyn Community Board 1 in March 2015 (pdf)

Manhattan

Central & Prospect Parks Car-Free Project

Complete Streets

In Summer 2015, NYC DOT implemented partial car-free park drives in both Central and Prospect Parks. Changes made two of NYC’s crown jewel parks safer and healthier, enhanced public space and encouraged New Yorkers to get active. Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street became permanently car-free in June 29, 2015. Prospect Park West Drive became permanently car-free in July 6, 2015.

Central Park Drives Traffic Management, June 2015 (pdf) Prospect Park Drives Closure, June 2015 (pdf)

Clinton Street Manhattan Waterfront Greenway Enhancement

Complete Streets

In response to community demand for more safety measures, NYC DOT proposed to install a two-way, curbside, buffered bike path, painted neckdowns, and shortened crosswalks along Clinton St from Grand St to the greenway on South St. In addition, parking between Cherry St and Henry St was converted from parallel to 60 degree back-in in order to narrow and align the roadway, calm traffic, and retain spaces. NYC DOT also proposed constructing a six foot concrete safety median adjacent to the existing Greenway on South Street, enhancing the separation between moving traffic and path users from Rutgers Sl to Montgomery St. Benefits of the project included increased visibility and access to Williamsburg Bridge and the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, safer shorter pedestrian crossings and reduced speeding.

Clinton Street Manhattan Waterfront Greenway Enhancement - presented to Manhattan Community Board 3 in April 2015 (pdf)

Delancy Street North Bicycle Route

Bicycle Route Projects

NYC DOT proposed a shared lane route on Delancey Street North. Previously southbound cyclists approaching the Williamsburg Bridge from East River Park were routed via Grand St. Guide signs now direct cyclists to Delancey Street North. The proposed shared lane markings complement these guide signs while also increasing awareness of the presence of cyclists on this route.

Delancy Street North Bicycle Route - presented to Manhattan Community Board 3 in May 2015 (pdf)

Edgecombe Avenue Bicycle & Pedestrian Connections

Complete Streets

In anticipation of the opening of the High Bridge, NYC DOT proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvements to increase access to and safety around this new connection between Manhattan and the Bronx. The proposal included traffic calming on Edgecombe Ave through the installation of a 2-way, protected bicycle path between W 170 St and W 165 St, shared bicycle markings between W 165 St and W 155 St, and three Yield to Pedestrian crosswalks. The 2-way parking protected bicycle path continues on W 170 St, connecting Edgecombe Ave to bicycle facilities on Ft Washington Ave and Haven Ave with access to the GW Bridge. Access to the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway at W 158 St is highlighted with a 2-way protected bicycle path from Henry Hudson Pkwy to Broadway, and shared bicycle markings on W 158 St and W 159 St from Broadway to Edgecombe Ave. Additional pedestrian improvements included increased pedestrian space at Vision Zero Priority Intersections. The benefits of the proposal include increased visibility and access to High Bridge and Highbridge Park, safer shorter pedestrian crossings and reduced speeding.

Edgecombe Avenue Bicycle & Pedestrian Connections - presented to Manhattan Community Board 12 in March 2015 (pdf) Edgecombe Avenue Bicycle & Pedestrian Connections - presented to Manhattan Community Board 12 in March 2015 (pdf)

First Avenue Parking Protected Bicycle Lane

Complete Streets, Bicycle Route Projects

NYC DOT proposed to upgrade the shared bike lane infrastructure on 1st Avenue between E 49th St and E 59th St in Midtown Manhattan to parking protected bike lanes. Connecting to protected lanes already in place south of 49th and north of 59th streets. The proposed project involved installing a parking protected bike lane with mixing zones and left turn lanes in the corridor that had a shared bicycle lane, as well as installing pedestrian safety islands at intersections. The project also provided simpler, safer left turns and shortened pedestrian crossing distances, improving safety for all road users.

First Avenue Parking Protected Bicycle Lane - presented to the Manhattan Community Board 6 in May 2015 (pdf)

Hudson Heights Slow Zone

Neighborhood Slow Zones

The Manhattan neighborhood of Hudson Heights applied for a Neighborhood Slow Zones in May, 2013. The application was accepted due to the proposed zone's high frequency of crashes and injuries, strong natural boundaries and the presence of multiple schools in the area. The proposed treatments lowered the speed limit to 20 mph within the zone, improving safety for all roadway users, reducing traffic noise and cut-through traffic, and enhancing the social quality of the streets.

Hudson Heights Slow Zone - presented to Manhattan Community Board 12 in February 2015 (pdf)

Lexington Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project

Pedestrian Mobility and Safety

Grand Central Terminal is the gateway to midtown for thousands of people a day. The sidewalks on Lexington Avenue between E.42nd and E.45th Streets are overcrowded often leading to pedestrians walking in the street creating an unsafe condition for all users. NYC DOT proposed installing two painted neckdowns to shorten the crossing distances at E.43rd and E.44th Streets while providing additional pedestrian space, adding a new right-turn only lane on Lexington at E.42nd Street and reconfiguring the bus only lane between E.42nd and E.44th Streets to enhance mobility.

Lexington Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project - presented to Manhattan Community Board 5 in September 2014 (pdf)

Seventh Avenue South at Waverly Place & West 4th Street/Christopher Street Pedestrian Improvements

Pedestrian Mobility and Safety

In response to requests from the community and NYPD, NYC DOT proposed pedestrian safety improvements at two intersections along 7th Ave S in the West Village. The complex intersection of 7th Ave S and W 4th St/Christopher St ranked in the top 1% of Manhattan intersections for people killed or severely injured. Proposed improvements included street closures, expanded sidewalk space, improved crosswalks and signal timing changes. These improvements reduced conflicts between pedestrians and turning vehicles, shortened crossings, and improved connectivity of the pedestrian network.

Seventh Avenue South at Waverly Place & West 4th Street/Christopher Street Pedestrian Improvements - presented to Manhattan Community Board 2 in February 2015 (pdf) Seventh Avenue South at Waverly Place & West 4th Street/Christopher Street Pedestrian Improvements - presented to Manhattan Community Board 2 in January 2015 (pdf)

Sherman Avenue & St. Nicholas Avenue Safety Improvements & Bicycle Lanes

Bicycle Route Projects

NYC DOT proposed traffic calming along both Sherman Ave and St Nicholas Ave in Manhattan’s CB 12. The proposal sought to improve safety for all road users by installing bicycle lanes and clarifying vehicular movements with the use of left turn lanes. In addition, NYC DOT proposed to simplify and improve the intersection of Broadway and Sherman Ave by constructing concrete sidewalk extensions, a median island, planting new trees, and reversing Ellwood St between Sherman Ave and Nagel Ave.

Sherman Avenue & St. Nicholas Avenue Safety Improvements & Bicycle Lanes - presented to Manhattan Community Board 12 in September 2015 (pdf) Sherman Avenue & St. Nicholas Avenue Safety Improvements & Bicycle Lanes - presented to Manhattan Community Board 12 in May 2015 (pdf)

Sixth Avenue & Houston Street Intersection Safety Improvement

Pedestrian Mobility and Safety

In response to community requests for pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Houston Street, NYC DOT developed a plan to provide conflict-free pedestrian crossings, improve intersection visibility, shorten pedestrian crossings and clarify vehicle movements.

Sixth Avenue & Houston Street Intersection Safety Improvement - presented to Manhattan Community Board 2 in June 2013 (pdf)

South Street at Battery Park Underpass Corridor Mobility Improvements

Pedestrian Mobility and Safety

NYC DOT proposed to open the entrance from South St to the Battery Park Underpass by removing existing barriers and redesigning the intersection to allow vehicles to merge into the tunnel. Opening this entrance removed traffic from the local street network by providing a direct bypass route for vehicles from South St destined for Route 9A/West St or the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel. Removing vehicles from the local street network reduced instances of vehicle-pedestrian conflict in areas of heavy pedestrian activity in Lower Manhattan. In conjunction with the introduction of the new merge condition, the speed limit on the FDR Dr was reduced to 30mph south of Exit 2, and the FDR segment between Exit 2 and Exit 1 was reduced to two moving lanes to accommodate the new design.

South Street at Battery Park Underpass Corridor Mobility Improvements - presented to Manhattan Community Board 1 in April 2015 (pdf)

Spring Street Bicycle Lane

Bicycle Route Projects

NYC DOT proposed a bicycle route on Spring Street between Washington Street and Bowery, with a connection to the Stanton Street bicycle route via Bowery. The project consisted of a mix of bicycle lanes and shared lanes. NYC DOT also proposed to install a leading pedestrian interval at Spring Street and Varick Street and a turn lane on Spring Street approaching Lafayette Street.

Spring Street Bicycle Lane - presented to Manhattan CB 3 in March 2015 and CB 2 in April 2015 (pdf)

St. Nicholas Place & West 155th Street Intersection Safety Improvements

Pedestrian Mobility and Safety

In response to several requests from the community for safety improvements at the complicated intersection of 155th Street with St. Nicholas Place, Edgecombe Avenue and Harlem River Driveway, NYC DOT proposed sidewalk extensions for shorter, safer pedestrian crossings and turn restrictions for improved traffic flow and reduced conflict points. Improvements were also proposed on St. Nicholas Place between 151st Street and 155th Street, including a new pedestrian crossing at 152nd Street and several pedestrian safety islands.

St. Nicholas Place & West 155th Street Intersection Safety Improvements - presented to Manhattan Community Board's 9 & 10 in October 2014 (pdf) St. Nicholas Place & West 155th Street Intersection Safety Improvements - presented in May 2014 (pdf)

West Village Slow Zone

Neighborhood Slow Zones

The Manhattan neighborhood of the West Village applied for a Neighborhood Slow Zones in Spring 2013. The application was accepted due to the proposed zone's high frequency of crashes and injuries, strong natural boundaries and the presence of multiple schools in the area. The proposed treatments lowered the speed limit to 20 mph within the zone, improving safety for all roadway users, reducing traffic noise and cut-through traffic, and enhancing the social quality of the streets.

West Village Slow Zone - presented to Manhattan Community Board 2 in February 2015 (pdf)

Queens

21st Street Corridor Safety Improvements

Complete Streets

NYC DOT planned a set of safety improvements to 21st Street between Queens Plaza and Hoyt Ave S. NYC DOT had installed leading pedestrian intervals at 10 intersections along this High Crash Corridor to give pedestrians a head start crossing 21st Street without conflict from turning vehicles. NYC DOT planned to install a new traffic signal at 21st Street and 29th Avenue and to upgrade all street lights along the corridor to brighter LED lights. NYC DOT also proposed to install 12 painted curb extensions and a parking lane stripe along the corridor. These changes helped to calm traffic, improve visibility, and provide for safer pedestrian crossings, improving safety for all road users.

21st Street Corridor Safety Improvements - presented to Queens Community Board 1 in February 2015 (pdf)

Diversity Plaza

Public Space

Previously implemented with interim materials, Diversity Plaza was redesigned to create a permanent public space. After two public workshops, NYC DOT along with DDC developed a preliminary design for the two plaza spaces based on feedback received from the community. The two plaza spaces were 37th Road between 73rd and 74th Streets and the triangle bound by 73rd St, Broadway and Roosevelt Avenue. The preliminary design included the reconstruction of both spaces to create level plaza areas, new tree planting and landscaping, improved lighting and new plaza amenities such as movable furniture and umbrellas. Plans were presented to Queens CB3’s Transportation Committee on May 11th and to the Full Board on May 21st.

Diversity Plaza - presented to Queens Community Board 3 in May 2015 (pdf)

Forest Avenue & Myrtle Avenue at George Street Intersection Safety Improvements

Complete Streets

NYC DOT planned safety improvements at the intersection of Forest Ave, Myrtle Ave, and George St. NYC DOT installed a concrete curb extension on the south side of the intersection on George St to realign the crosswalk and shorten pedestrian crossing distances. NYC DOT also planned to install high visibility crosswalks to increase visibility of pedestrians as well as peg-a-track markings to clarify direction of travel for vehicles on Forest Ave. These changes helped to calm traffic, improved visibility, and provided for safer pedestrian crossings, improving safety for all road users.

Forest Avenue & Myrtle Avenue at George Street Intersection Safety Improvements - presented to Queens Community Board 5 in April 2015 (pdf)

Greenpoint Avenue Bridge Improvements

Bicycle Route Projects

In conjuncture with Queens CB 2 Network Phase II NYC DOT moved forward with the Greenpoint Ave Bridge project that was presented to the community several years ago but was delayed due to construction activity. The proposed plan included bicycle lanes that offer an important eastbound and westbound bicycle route across the bridge, improving a critical link by connecting to an existing facility on the Brooklyn side to an existing facility in Queens on Van Dam St, and eventually a proposed facility on Greenpoint Ave.

Greenpoint Avenue Bridge Improvements - presented to Queens CB 2 and Brooklyn CB 1 in April 2015 (pdf)

Northern Boulevard, 62nd Street to 102nd Street Redesign

Complete Streets

In response to a request from Council Member Daniel Dromm to conduct a traffic safety study along Northern Boulevard, NYC DOT proposed traffic safety improvements on the arterial. This portion of Northern Boulevard was a high crash corridor, ranking in the top 10% of all Queens corridors for traffic injuries. The proposal added 9 pedestrian islands, which provide safer pedestrian crossings, create simpler, safer left turns from cross streets, and reduce motor vehicle and pedestrian conflict.

Northern Boulevard, 62nd Street to 102nd Street Redesign - presented to Queens Community Board 3 in May 2014 (pdf)

Queens Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue to 73rd Street Safety Improvement Project

Complete Streets

NYC DOT presented a draft proposal for robust safety improvements on Queens Boulevard between Roosevelt Avenue and 73rd St. The plan included protected bicycle lanes, increased pedestrian space and specific safety improvements at intersections, with anticipated implementation in August 2015. This project laid the groundwork for a $100 million capital investment on Queens Boulevard, a Vision Zero Priority Corridor, as part of the de Blasio Administration’s Great Streets initiative.

Queens Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue to 73rd Street Safety Improvement Project - presented to the Queens Community Board 2 in June 2015 (pdf) Queens Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue to 73rd Street Safety Improvement Project - presented to the Queens Community Board 2 in June 2015 (pdf) Queens Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue to 73rd Street Safety Improvement Project - presented to the Queens Community Board 2 in March 2015 (pdf) Queens Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue to 73rd Street Safety Improvement Project - NYC DOT Safety Workshop January 2015 (pdf) Queens Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue to 73rd Street Safety Improvement Project - Feedback Portal

Queens Community Board 5 – Phase 2

Bicycle Route Projects

For the second phase of an ongoing community planning initiative, NYC DOT proposed to expand the bicycle network in the Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, and Middle Village neighborhoods that make up Queens Community Board 5. The improvements proposed in this plan included bicycle lanes and shared lanes, resulting in greater organization of traffic and increased safety for all road users.

Queens Community Board 5 – Phase 2 - Updated Project Proposal - presented to Queens Community Board 5 in April 2015 (pdf) Queens Community Board 5 – Phase 2 - presented to Queens Community Board 5 in March 2015 (pdf)

Roosevelt Avenue Plaza

Public Space

The Korean American Association of Queens (KAAQ) applied to the NYC Plaza Program to create a plaza on Roosevelt Avenue between Northern Boulevard and 155th Street in Flushing. The plaza was implemented with interim materials and enhanced pedestrian safety in an area with a high number of crashes. As part of our public input process a community workshop was held on April 16, 2015 at the Korean Community Services Center and KAAQ hosted two One-Day Plaza events at the proposed location on April 18th and August 7th. A second community workshop was planned for September and the project was presented to Queens Community Board 7 for approval.

Roosevelt Avenue Plaza - presented in August 2015 (pdf) Roosevelt Avenue Plaza - workshop presented in November 2015 (pdf)

Staten Island

Clove Road Transportation Improvements

Bicycle Route Projects

Following a 2013 request from Community Board 1, NYC DOT proposed transportation improvements to Clove Road between Richmond Terrace and Howard Avenue. The improvements included dedicated bicycle lanes, shared lane markings, traffic calming measures that reduce speeding, and improved parking access to Clove Lakes Park.

Clove Road Transportation Improvements - presented to Staten Island Community Board 1 in April 2015 (pdf)

Citywide