Aug. 21, 2019 By Allie Griffin
A dangerous Roosevelt Avenue stretch where several streets merge is about to undergo a series of safety upgrades to better protect pedestrians.
The DOT has announced that it will be revamping a section of Roosevelt Avenue this month where 90th Street, Elmhurst Avenue and Case Street come together.
This small strip has been the site of many crashes. In a five year span from 2013 to 2017, two pedestrians were killed and 15 others were injured along the stretch. Five cyclists were also injured during this period, according to the DOT.
The new safety enhancements will feature a painted curb extension and crosswalk at Roosevelt Avenue and Case Street and upgraded roadway markings to clarify movements at the intersection.
The DOT will also expand the crosswalk at Roosevelt Avenue between 90th Street and Elmhurst Avenue and adjust the signal timing to reduce conflicts between pedestrians and cars. The updates were discussed at a Queens Community Board 3 Meeting in May.
This section of Roosevelt Avenue is one of Mayor Bill de Blasio administration’s Vision Zero priority areas. The strip, however, was long neglected and overlooked.
The improved safety measures come four years after the late State Sen. Jose Peralta held a press conference calling on the DOT to overhaul the strip and add safety features. He also advocated for greater police enforcement to stop drivers from making illegal turns.
In spring 2017, the DOT added a no left turn sign from Elmhurst Avenue onto Roosevelt Avenue, as well as a flashing yellow right turn signal from southbound 90th Street and a crosswalk on the west leg of 90th Street to cross Roosevelt Avenue.
New lighting to better illuminate crossing pedestrians was also added to the street last year.