Some Interesting Streetscape Proposals for Community Board Three Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, Community Board Three will hear a few interesting items concerning streetscape improvements in Jackson Heights. We hear via Streetsblog that the meeting includes DOT presentations on a safety project for Northern Boulevard and the Jackson Heights Neighborhood Slow Zone, as well as an item on improvements for the Roosevelt Bridge.

Jackson Heights already has a slow zone bordering East Elmhurst, but according to this recent DOT slideshow, another one is proposed for the area bounded by 34th Avenue, 87th Street, Roosevelt Avenue, Broadway and the BQE (map pictured above). The speed limit will be reduced to 20 mph, and there will be new speed markings and speed bumps installed. The proposal, submitted by Council Member Daniel Dromm, also has the support of a number of community groups. For the Northern Boulevard safety project, detailed here by Streetsblog, the DOT is proposing nine pedestrian islands between 63rd and 103rd Streets. Four of the nine new islands — at 75th, 78th, 96th, and 102nd Streets — will include left turn bans. Local pols previously pushed for a comprehensive and complete redesign of the thoroughfare, so the DOT’s efforts are at least a start. Finally, there will be a presentation of the rehabilitation of the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge.

The meeting tomorrow is at 7pm and will be held outdoors at Diversity Plaza. To see the full agenda, go here.