Broadway and Roosevelt Avenue

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    Proposed street reconfiguration

    This reconfiguration would limit the set of traffic movements at this site to create safer conditions at the intersections for motorists and pedestrians alike.

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    Proposed changes to 37th Road and 73rd Street

    In order to simplify this intersection and improve safety, this proposal would close two legs of the intersection to traffic. This proposal also addresses community requests for additional public space in the center of the Jackson Heights commercial district.

    Types of changes: Pedestrian safety | Public space
    Location: Broadway and Roosevelt

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    Proposed relocation of crosswalk, Broadway at 73rd Street

    Relocation of this crosswalk will improve pedestrian safety, by moving the crosswalk out of the way of turning vehicles. This crosswalk configuration would also better link the two proposed public spaces.

    Types of changes: Pedestrian safety | Public space
    Location: Broadway and Roosevelt

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    Proposed bicycle access northbound

    The proposed reconfiguration of this intersection would allow for a class 2 (striped) bike lane that would connect to Victor Moore Arcade and make a bike/transit connection. This lane would also connect to the existing bike lane on 34th Avenue.

    Types of changes: Bicycle safety and mobility
    Location: Broadway and Roosevelt

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    Proposed bicycle access southbound

    The proposed reconfiguration of this intersection would allow for a class 2 (striped) bike lane that would connect to Victor Moore Arcade and make a bike/transit connection. This lane would also connect to the proposed bike lane on 41st Avenue.

    Types of changes: Bicycle safety and mobility
    Location: Broadway and Roosevelt

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    Proposed bicycle parking

    The addition of two sheltered bicycle parking units near the transit hub in Victor Moore Arcade, would make it easier for anyone wishing to make a bike/transit connection.

    Types of changes: Bicycle safety and mobility
    Location: Broadway and Roosevelt

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What are the goals of the changes?

  • Simplify intersection
  • Ease congestion
  • Introduce pedestrian plaza space
  • Improve bicycle access
  • Extend bicycle parking

What is proposed?

  • Restrict street access
  • Introduce new turn pattern
  • Adjust signal control
  • Create pedestrian plazas
  • Install pedestrians countdown clocks
  • Install new bike lanes
  • Install bicycle parking

Comments

  1. Armando:

    Public space in the commercial district? That area on 37th road (also formerly known as Vaseline alley) will become an outdoor mall full of street merchants. They will not pay rent or taxes and will leave the area full of garbage and food every night. The city will not clean it up and the merchants that have stores on that block will see their business drop. Who would want to rent a store you can’t get product to? Stupid idea.

  2. Willa, NYCDOT:

    Armando, you are right. A closed street without cleaning and activities becomes undesirable very quickly. That’s why the NYC DOT Public Plaza program works with the community to find a maintenance partner that is responsible for programming the space so that it’s a lively community area for everyone. In our outreach efforts, many residents, workers and visitors had said there wasn’t any public space in the commercial district. We are in discussions with several groups to be a maintenance partner, but if you have any ideas, we’d appreciate hearing from you.

  3. Steve:

    It seems as if the residential residents of 73 street haven’t been taken into consideration. there is already too much loitering on 73st now with the public space it will be overrun with more loitering. As a resident of the block I have to agree with Armando. There street merchants have already taken over the 37th ave end and the Broadway end of 73 street. There is no regulation for the carts and the trash and traffic created by them is already a problem.

    This change will also cut out the the already slim parking in the area. Probably the biggest congestion problem right now is the high volume of cars double parking on the 73 street, 37th ave and Broadway near 73st. Has there been anything in this proposal to create additional parking? ALSO…has there been anything done to have enforcement of the noise..such as horns and the late night garbage removal trucks that sound like earthquakes. As I know, there has never been a ticked given out on 73street for horn honking violation. But hangout there for 30 minutes and you will be appalled at the level of horn abuse.

  4. Willa, NYCDOT:

    Steve, we have made a commitment to monitor Jackson Heights as these improvements are implemented and will adjust if necessary.

    Please note that the enforcement of regulations against double parking, other illegal parking and horn honking is the purview of the New York City Police Department. The NYPD is one of our partner agencies and we will continue to work together to address what we know to be community concerns.

    As for parking, the overall plan will add approximately 26 parking spaces to the neighborhood.

  5. Derek:

    The new right turn only at 73rd st and Broadway, although a great idea, in implementation has been an abject failure.
    Tonight (October 2nd, 2011) we observed from our balcony, no less that 60% of 73rd street traffic ignoring the new turn rules, and proceeding straight ahead. Sometimes with no regard to the pedestrians crossing.
    There has been no traffic enforcement, except for one day last week, and even then the agent stood away from the intersection and allowed vehicles to turn both left and right.
    While we applaud the DOT for planning and making these changes, there must be more done to enforce the new rules.

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