Eyes on the Street: Safer Crossings in North Corona

A new crossing at 114th Street and 34th Avenue yesterday. Photo: Stephen Miller
A new crossing at 114th Street and 34th Avenue yesterday. Photo: Stephen Miller

When we last checked in on the intersection of 114th Street and 34th Avenue in September, construction was about to start on a new pedestrian island and crosswalk leading to an existing path next to the Whitestone Expressway [PDF]. Now, work is nearly complete as winter sets in, and pedestrians and cyclists have a safer crossing to the path.

The plan, presented to Queens Community Board 3 in June, includes an enlarged pedestrian island splitting eastbound and westbound 34th Avenue at 114th Street. This gives pedestrians more space as they cross the avenue and eliminates a dangerous wrong-way route for cyclists accessing the path.

While the route still involves a guessing game with drivers exiting a high-speed ramp from the Grand Central Parkway, the crossing, which had previously included only signage, is now striped.

A wider pedestrian island (newer section on the right) splits 34th Avenue for safer pedestrian crossings. Photo: Stephen Miller
A wider median island (newer section on the right) divides 34th Avenue. Photo: Stephen Miller

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