A busy thoroughfare in Queens that has been a problem for years is finally getting some attention. Transportation officials are actively discussing safety upgrades for a stretch of Northern Boulevard, which some call the “Wild, Wild West.”
Officials are soliciting ideas on how to make a four-and-a-half mile stretch between Queens Plaza and Grand Central Parkway safer, after four pedestrian deaths so far in 2018, including children.
Formerly called the Boulevard of Death, the city reduced the speed limit on Queens Boulevard. They also removed lanes of traffic and added longer crosswalk times and pedestrian islands. Queens Boulevard hasn’t had a pedestrian death since 2014. Residents are hoping the same results can be achieved on Northern Boulevard.
Source: ABC7 New York