March 13, By Christian Murray
Long Island City: The Department of Transportation will be converting 5th Street (between 46th Road and 50th Avenue) into a one-way stretch within the next month.
The DOT will be turning 5th Street into a one-way southbound street, with speed bumps installed between 48th and 49th, as well as between 49th and 50th.
The plan, which has been in the works for some time, passed the final hurdle last week when Community Board 2 unanimously approved the change.
Joe Conley, the chairman of Community Board 2, said the DOT should be making the changes “any day now.”
City councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Conley have been pushing for the changes on 5th street for some time, citing safety concerns. They argue that that the area has become very residential and that 5th Street is near PS 78 and two new schools planned to open later this year.