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Neighbors dispute Doran Ave. study

DOT says speed a danger; other streets don’t want diverted cars

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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:47 am, Thu Jul 26, 2012.

A proposal by the city’s Department of Transportation to reduce speeding on Doran Avenue in eastern Glendale which got a heated reception from residents of surrounding streets has been rejected by the Transportation Committee at Community Board 5.

Doran now runs one way west from Woodhaven Boulevard. The DOT proposal would have split it into two one-way segments at 89th Street, running from 89th to 88th Street, and east from 89th to Woodhaven.

The proposal was made to Community Board 5 by the DOT on July 11. But at a meeting of the CB 5 transportation and public transit committees, it was rejected. Board Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr. said they would once again ask the city for all way stop signs at Doran and 89th.

You would be sending eastbound traffic into oncoming traffic, Arcuri said of the angle at which Doran meets Woodhaven Boulevard.

Residents on Doran want a way to check cars that speed west to the traffic light at 88th from Woodhaven or after turning left from 89th Street.

Some have requested a stop sign or speed bumps. DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Maura McCarthy told more than 70 residents on July 11 that a DOT study shows the best solution is to divide Doran into a pair of one-way streets heading in opposite directions.

The study was requested by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) in August 2011 and by CB 5 two months later.

Residents of 74th, 75th, Rutledge and Aubrey avenues, all of which run parallel to Doran, objected to the plan as strenuously as Doran residents supported it.

McCarthy said the neighborhood’s preferred solutions — speed bumps along Doran or a pair of stop signs at the intersection of Doran and 89th Street — are not doable based on a study of car and pedestrian traffic, speeding and accident statistics.

“Doran does not meet the criteria for stop signs,” McCarthy said. She also said speed bumps also have been ruled out by, among other things, the number of both the driveways on Doran and utility lines underneath it.

A recent study of the road, taken between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m, showed traffic averages 32 miles per hour in the 30 mph zone.

“I’ve been living there 40 years and people never drive only 32 on Doran,” Martin Browne said. Others corroborated his statement, adding that more than 30 children live on the street.

Tom Pappas of 74th Street, on the other hand, spoke for several people who don’t want traffic that now heads west down Doran from Woodhaven turning down their streets.

He said the proliferation of restaurants on Woodhaven would increase traffic and litter on his street.

“I’ve been living here for 10 years, and there are a lot more businesses there today.”

Doran resident Anthony Franzese expressed frustration with both the danger to his street’s residents and the proposed DOT solution.

“Why not just put up a stop sign?” he asked. “Just dig a hole and everybody’s happy.”

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