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Comm. boards list dangerous sites

Part of mayor’s Vision Zero plan to cut pedestrian deaths in the city

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:37 am, Thu Mar 13, 2014.

In an attempt to identify hazards and improve pedestrian safety, Community Boards 7 in Flushing and 11 in Little Neck have submitted the most dangerous intersections in their areas to the Borough President’s Office.

Each community board has been asked to submit four problematic corridors based on police reports, high traffic volume and the number of turning lanes. In turn, Borough President Melinda Katz will collect the data and send it to the Mayor’s Office.

One of Mayor de Blasio’s major initiatives since taking office is Vision Zero, a project to eliminate traffic fatalities in 10 years. The plan includes harsher punishments on unlicensed drivers, reducing city speed limits to 25 miles per hour and adding red-light cameras at 150 locations.

In addition, a Vision Zero task force will produce a list of 50 corridors from around the city each year for traffic-calming measures.

In Queens, the resolve to reduce pedestrian fatalities is particularly high. Last year, the borough recorded 46 killed, the largest number in the city. So far this year, there have been several fatalities here.

Marilyn Bitterman, district manager of CB 7, said the borough president requested four dangerous sites but the district manager could not limit herself to such a small number.

“We submitted a list of 32 locations,” Bitterman said. “We couldn’t narrow it down. They are all bad.”

The intersections are: 38th Avenue and Main Street; 40th Road and Main Street; 41st Road and Main Street; Main Street/41st Avenue/Kissena Boulevard; Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue; Northern Boulevard and Union Street; Northern Boulevard and Prince Street; Roosevelt Avenue and College Point Boulevard; Roosevelt Avenue and Prince Street; Prince Street and 39th Avenue; 41st Road and College Point Boulevard; Fowler Avenue and College Point Boulevard; College Point Boulevard and the Long Island Expressway; 37th Avenue and 138th Street; 164th Street and Booth Memorial Avenue; 146th Street and 58th Road; Smart Street and Holly Avenue; 12th Avenue and 150th Street; 12th Road and 154th Street; 22nd Avenue and 146th Street; 3rd Avenue between the northbound Whitestone Expressway Service Road and Powells Cove Boulevard; 15th Avenue and 130th Street; Ninth Avenue and 119th Street; 15th Avenue between 110th Street and College Point Boulevard; 15th Avenue between College Point Boulevard and 127th Street; 14th Avenue and 129th Street; 22nd Avenue and 125th Street; 22nd Avenue and 126th Street; 25th Avenue and 125th Street; 25th Avenue and 126th Street; 129th Street between 9th and 11th avenues; and Holly Avenue and Union Street.

Bitterman noted that many of them are locations that she has written to the commissioner of the Department of Transportation about, while some were given to her by the 109th Precinct.

Susan Seinfeld, district manager of CB 11, kept her list to five. They are: Horace Harding Expressway and Springfield Boulevard; Bell and Northern boulevards; Union Turnpike and Springfield Boulevard; Bell Boulevard and 73rd Avenue, and Northern and Francis Lewis boulevards.

Seinfeld noted that there were fatalities on both Union Turnpike and Springfield Boulevard and Bell Boulevard and 73rd Avenue.

She said there are traffic islands on Northern and Francis Lewis boulevards that cause confusion “and there is a lot of action” in that area.

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