Adjustments Made to Signals at 77th Street and 35th Avenue; Broadway/Roosevelt/73rd Street

Although the formal, large-scale monitoring program will not kick off for a few months, initial monitoring has led to adjustments.  Specifically, the green time at 77th Street approaching 35th Avenue has been lengthened.  In addition, signals have been better coordinated at Broadway/Roosevelt and Broadway/73rd Street to alleviate congestion.  Next up is detailed monitoring of 75th Street and 35th Avenue.

Please do keep providing feedback on how the improvements are doing.  Thank you very much for being our eyes on the street.

Comments

  1. Laura:

    Thank you to Karen for her assessment of the situation on 75th St. The residents of this street have been royally screwed by the DOT, Community Board #3, and the local merchants associations who lobbied for the rerouting of buses. The city could be raking in millions if only the DOT had the guts to enforce the law and start ticketing MTA bus drivers for their outrageously excessive use of horns (at all hours of the day/night) as a means of telling cars and pedestrians “Get the hell out of my way; I’m coming thru!”

  2. Daniel Delehanty:

    Lengthening the light on 77th and 35th has made a small improvement — but there are still simply too many vehicles utilizing 77th street to go North. Have you monitored the increase in vehicles using 77th and the # of accidents? During rush hour, cars moving from 37th now just hit the horn just as the light changes on 35th. Again, the directional change on 75th defies logic and seems to just change the problem from south bound to north bound.

    I also had the misfortune to turn on 75th the other day. The traffic northbound was backed up all the way to Roosevelt from 37th. Cars now are forced to turn their due to the direction changes. Does this just increased congestion on 37th — one of the problems areas?

    I like the effort to make changes at 73rd Road for pedestrians but on the whole it seems as though the directional changes have just made the quality of life for JH residents worse. And the argument that drivers will “adjust” to traffic patterns does not seem to hold any water at all.

    Respectfully,

    Daniel

  3. Fiona:

    I appreciate that the light was lengthened on 77th Street, and it has helped, but the beeping is still out of control, particularly on weekends (strangely enough). We still need the green time to be further lengthened and we need a more long-term solution for traffic in this neighborhood. I understand that 73rd Street could not continue to bear the brunt of the problem, but now it seems as though the madness has simply been spread to other blocks as well, and the issue has not actually been solved.

  4. Daniel:

    Hello,

    Where is the monitoring update? The volume of vehicles on 77th street is incredible — as is the corresponding noise when the light hits green. The traffic (5:20 p.m. ) is backed up 3/4 of the block and if I could record the sound I would. Again, the quality of life on this block has gone completely thanks to the actions of DOT. I also witnessed another fender bender last week. Thanks.

    Daniel

  5. ngray:

    Laura, as you mention in your post, the rerouting of the buses to 75th Street was a collaborative effort by the community, as well as part of an overall traffic improvement program for the Jackson Heights community. This rerouting, along with the associated changes in traffic patterns, allows for improved traffic flow throughout the area, improved bus operation and speeds, and a direct connection to the Victor Moore Arcade for riders along these buses. We are committed to monitoring these changes and fine-tuning as necessary. As for the issue of horn honking, the DOT cannot issue violations for horn honking, and we have referred your issue to the Department of Environmental Protection who has oversight regarding noise pollution.

  6. ngray:

    Daniel, yes, we are monitoring all of the improvements, including the traffic conditions at 35th Avenue and 77th Street, to ensure that the traffic plan is working effectively. We have performed initial monitoring at 35th Avenue and 75th Street to determine if any signal changes are necessary on either street. We have also performed initial monitoring at 77th Street and 37th Avenue. Our detailed monitoring plan, which will commence soon, will include an extensive set of metrics to ascertain the performance of the streets and identify problematic locations.

  7. ngray:

    Thank you for your comment, Fiona. As you are aware, NYCDOT staff examined 77th Street during the fall and made some signal adjustments during various parts of the day. We are continuing to monitor these locations. Thanks again for the tip.

  8. Daniel:

    Over nine weeks to respond to comments — only to give the same response that was provided in November (monitoring is coming)? This is wholly unsatisfactory. It seems that the goal of this entire “project” was to lessen the bus time of people who do not live in Jackson Heights to get to 74th Street. A sad state of affairs for DOT and planning in general in NYC that should also provide balance to the needs of people who live here — and in my case will suffer from the decline in quality of life and property values from what now is an overly congested, noisy and dangerous block.

    Lastly, the public plaza, while a great idea, is disgraceful in its current state and is an utter embarrassment. Is this the best you can do?

    Respectfully,

    Daniel

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