Sept. 4, 2015 By Christian Murray
The Department of Transportation is expected to start work on a number of safety improvements to several Court Square/Queens Plaza streets next week, according to an agency spokesman.
The department will be working on the section of the neighborhood that links Queens Plaza South to 44th Drive—bordered by 28th Street on the east and Crescent Street to the west. Construction is expected to be completed by early November, according to the DOT.
The safety changes are the result of feedback the DOT received from the Long Island City Partnership, community groups as well as nearby colleges/agencies—such as the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The work will bring changes to the corner of 44th Drive and Jackson Avenue—where a long crosswalk is located. The DOT plans to extend the sidewalk on the northwest corner of Jackson Avenue (at 44th Drive) to reduce the distance for pedestrians crossing the street.
The DOT will also be making a number of significant changes to Crescent Street, which is currently a one-way street.
The DOT will be converting Crescent Street (btw. 43rd Ave. and 42nd Road) to a two way street. The DOT said that the change will increase traffic flow for residents. The department will also be adding five sidewalk extensions to Crescent Street between 43rd Avenue to 44th Drive—in order to decrease the width of the street, which it says helps reduce speeding.
The department will also be increasing the size of a pedestrian island at the corner of 28th Street and 42nd Road.