DOT considering making Doran Avenue one-way
by Andrew Pavia
Jul 12, 2012 | 744 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Community Board 5 met Wednesday night to discuss a Department of Transportation (DOT) recommendation to turn Doran Avenue into a one-way eastbound between 89th Street and Woodhaven Boulevard.

The proposal is the result of a traffic study in the eastern part of Glendale that found out of an average of 75 cars between the hours of 5 and 6 a.m. are traveling an average speed of 32 mph.

The proposal does not make all of Doran Avenue one-way, but according to DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Maura McCarthy, "this gives you more options," as it would allow motorists to travel down 89th and 88th streets.

Kathleen Crowley Hayden, of Rutledge Avenue, was critical of the proposal.

“We have our traffic,” she said. “I don’t want traffic from Doran just pushed on my block.”

Another resident of Rutledge Avenue, Toby Bloch, said the changes would make the neighborhood less safe.

“These changes will make Doran and the surrounding streets more dangerous, generate more traffic, unfairly divert traffic to the surrounding streets, and make travel by car around the neighborhood more inefficient and inconvenient," he said.

The area's councilwoman, Elizabeth Crowley, also argued that the change would just divert traffic to other streets.

"We can't push the burden from one block the other," said Crowley, noting that an eastbound one-way street would increase traffic in the area surrounding Doran Avenue. "I would like to see a stop sign, and if not that, a speed bump."

But Regina Crowley, who lives at the intersection of 89th Street and Doran Avenue, supported the proposal.

"I want a little tranquility and piece,” she said. "I sit on my stoop with my sister and mother and cannot believe the speed that cars go down my block."
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