Eyes on the Street: Phase 2 of Queens Boulevard Redesign Takes Shape
— Claudia Corcino (@corcino_claudia) August 29, 2016
Green paint is down on a new section of the Queens Boulevard bike lane in Elmhurst.
The second phase of the Queens Boulevard redesign runs from 74th Street to Eliot Avenue [PDF], extending east from phase one, which was implemented in Woodside last year. After construction wraps up this summer, there will be 2.5 miles of continuous median-aligned bike lanes on the most important east-west route in Queens.
In addition to the bike lane, the project calms car traffic and creates safer walking conditions. Below is a new crosswalk at a stop-controlled transition from the center roadway to the service road at Cornish Avenue. Previously, the design enabled drivers to merge quickly, without stopping.
The project is still a work in progress. Still to come, among other things, are plastic posts to separate the bike lane from motor vehicle traffic.
Phase 3 will extend improvements to Rego Park and Forest Hills next year. In 2018, the city will begin to build out these changes in concrete.