Community Board 8 reports six dangerous intersections in its area that have been given to the Borough President’s Office for inclusion in a boroughwide list for the mayor.
It’s part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities in 10 years throughout the city. Each community board has been asked to submit at least four dangerous corridors based on police reports, high traffic volume and the number of turning lanes.
Aside from improving the intersections through traffic-calming devices, the mayor wants to add harsher punishments on unlicensed drivers, reduce the city speed limit to 25 miles per hour and add 150 red-light cameras.
Last year, Queens recorded 46 pedestrian fatalities, the largest number in the city. So far this year, there have been several such deaths here.
CB 8 District Manager Marie Adam-Ovide submitted the following intersections: Kissena Boulevard and Melbourne Avenue; Grand Central Parkway and Main Street; Queens Boulevard southbound and the Van Wyck Expressway south service road; Jewel Avenue and the entrance ramp to the Van Wyck Expressway; Jewel Avenue and 164th Street; and Parsons Boulevard and Jewel Avenue.
Many of the listed intersections include extremely busy thoroughfares such as Queens Boulevard, the Van Wyck Expressway and the Grand Central Parkway. Kissena Boulevard and Melbourne Avenue are near the Queens College campus, as well as a high school and elementary school, which get a lot of foot and vehicular traffic.
Although no pedestrian was injured, a two-car crash took place Saturday at the intersection of 164th Street and Booth Memorial Avenue, another busy area near other CB 8 corridors that are deemed even more dangerous.