In a news release issued last week, Pheffer said the intersection is one of the busiest and most heavily traveled locations in Queens County.
To see firsthand the impact DOT’s proposed changes would have, Pheffer, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, and Community Board 10 Chair Betty Braton conducted an onsite visit to the area last week.
“Safety is our number one concern for both pedestrians and motorists. However, merchants, residents and both bus and train riders must be equally accommodated in this plan,” said Pheffer, adding, “I will work closely with Community Board 10’s Transportation Committee and all concerned parties to ensure that needed corrective actions do not unfairly impact all who utilize this busy intersection.”
According to DOT, the area has the highest number of intersection accidents in Queens, with seventy-six percent of the accidents involving injuries.
“I am very concerned about the DOT proposal for the Cross Bay Boulevard and Liberty Avenue area,” said Addabbo. “I believe at each step of the process the people of the community should be informed and allowed to give input. Long after DOT is done with their proposal, we have to live with the changes.”
According to published reports on DOT’s plan, traffic patterns will be redesigned, traffic signal timings will be modified, pavement markings will be revised and re-striped, and there will be localized parking restrictions and turn restrictions. The agency is also said to be planning to install sidewalk extensions and medians to shorten crossing distances and improve current bus stop locations.
DOT is also expected to propose closing Liberty Avenue between Crossbay Boulevard and 95th Street and expand the Greenstreet that currently exists there. The plan also proposes closing the southbound Crossbay Boulevard service road, by P.C. Richard, for one block from Rockaway Boulevard to Liberty Avenue.
A DOT spokesperson would not provide any further details of the department’s plan for the area other than to state that a formal presentation of the plan will be made to the local community boards.
Braton siad that Community Board 10 will hear DOT’s presentation at its June 3rd meeting to be held at 7:45 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 135-45 Lefferts Boulevard, South Ozone Park.