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February 1, 2016

Vision Zero to Bring Safer Streets to Queens

City officials gather in Long Island City to announce reconstruction project.

DDC Commissioner Peña-Mora joined DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, and other City officials to announced the area-wide reconstruction of Long Island City and Hunters Point, Queens, to build upon Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to end injuries and fatalities on city streets

On December 9th, 2015, Council Member Van Bramer’s office hosted a community workshop for Long Island City residents to discuss their ideas for safety improvements in area streets. The results of the workshop will inform the reconstruction project, which will improve safety for pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists; improve connections throughout the neighborhood; improve infrastructure; facilitate and improve traffic operations in response to anticipated growth; enhance public open space and create a safer, more inviting streetscape; and address climate resiliency for a waterfront neighborhood that was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

“The New York City Department of Design and Construction is looking forward to developing safer streets for New Yorkers with our partner agencies DOT, DEP and our elected officials,” said DDC Commissioner Peña-Mora. “In keeping with Mayor de Blasio’s vision for a more equitable city, this project will enhance traffic safety for pedestrians and motorists in Long Island City. By designing the intersections with pedestrian safety in mind, we can strategically mitigate the occurrence of traffic crashes and continue to make New York City the best place to live and work.”