Sunday, June 27, 2010

Input Sought by NYC DOT on Woodhaven Blvd. by Bryan Yurcan - Queens Chronicle

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The city Department of Transportation is seeking the public’s comments on improving Woodhaven Boulevard.

The DOT conducted a public input session seeking ideas and concerns on a range of topics, including safety, traffic flow, mass transit, street layout, parking and walking conditions pertaining to Woodhaven Boulevard. The meeting was held at 6:30 p.m. at the Forest Park Cooperative, Section 1, located at 83-55 Woodhaven Blvd.

Residents, business owners, commuters and other local stakeholders attended.

Pedestrian crossing of the boulevard, a major thoroughfare in Rego Park, Middle Village, Glendale and Woodhaven, has long been a contentious issue.

Last month, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) called for changing the timing of the lights at certain parts of the boulevard to allow pedestrians more time to cross, during a press conference with senior citizen groups.

Seniors and others have complained that there is not enough time allotted to cross Woodhaven Boulevard, which is as wide as 10 lanes in some areas.

The DOT has been studying the problem since 2008.

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