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CB 9 rejects DOT plan for Beverly Road

Agency proposed making busy Kew Gardens street a one-way

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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:24 am, Thu Dec 19, 2013.

Community Board 9 unanimously rejected a plan to change a two-way street in Kew Gardens into a one-way after several residents and the local civic group spoke out in opposition.

The city Department of Transportation is proposing converting Beverly Road, a two-way street between Brevoort Street and Park Lane South, into a one-way northbound.

The proposal came from a request, championed by former CB 9 member Wallace Bock, for a feasibility study on making Beverly Road a one-way street that he made at a board meeting in January.

Bock, who resigned from the board after last month’s meeting over a board personnel issue, also proposed eliminating parking on one side of the street to allow for two-way traffic to pass. Often cars must pull over to allow for traffic going the other way to pass.

In its study, the DOT argued the street, which runs on either side of Lefferts Boulevard between Metropolitan Avenue and Austin Street, is too narrow to be two ways. Also, two curves the road makes — one between Park Lane South and Audley Street and another between 83rd Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard — are dangerous when two cars going in opposite directions are coming at each other.

Beverly Road is often used as a shortcut for drivers traveling from Lefferts Boulevard to Union Turnpike, seeking to avoid congested roads like Metropolitan Avenue and Kew Gardens Road.

But the proposal was slammed by four residents who live on or near Beverly Road at Tuesday’s CB 9 meeting at Jamaica Hospital’s New Trump Pavilion.

Murray Berger, executive chairman of the Kew Gardens Civic Association, said that since two cross-streets, 83rd Avenue and Audley Street, are already one way, the conversion would make the streets of Kew Gardens confusing.

“If this was a one-way street, it would create a maze-like complicated pattern,” he said.

Bjorn Matz, vice president of the Kew Gardens Civic Association, said one-way streets in the neighborhood have been a problem.

“One-way streets in our area have become speedways,” he explained.

Another resident, Renee Levine, said the situation DOT is seeking to solve would only get worse if the street is made one-way and the conversion would make the men more dangerous.

“We already have many problems with traffic in Kew Gardens,” she said. “We already have a problem with a lack of enforcement with problem intersections in the neighborhood.”

Levine also called for a full review of traffic in Kew Gardens.

“We can’t do this piecemeal,” she said. “We need a comprehensive study to find out what’s going on in the area.”

In response, CB 9 unanimously rejected the proposal and called on the DOT to do a traffic study of the entire neighborhood, including problem areas Levine pointed out near the busy Union Turnpike-Queens Boulevard intersection.

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