Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley recently proposed to DOT that Doran Avenue and its neighboring roads be turned into a series of one-way streets.
"Liz thought it was a great idea," said Lydon Sleeper, Crowley's chief of staff. "She asked the DOT and Community Board 5 to consider it."
In a letter to DOT, Crowley said that she wants to set up a meeting with DOT representatives and Community Board 5 to discuss the new proposal.
If the proposition is accepted, Doran Avenue will be a one-way street from the intersection of 89th Street towards 88th Street. It would become a one-way street in the opposite direction from 89th street to Woodhaven Boulevard. This way, people would no longer be able to turn onto Doran Avenue from Woodhaven Boulevard.
This paper previously reported that DOT denied a request for a traffic signal on 83rd Street and Doran Avenue, and another for a stop sign at 89th Street and Doran because the intersections did not meet the criteria for approval, DOT Spokesman Scott Gastel said.
Kathy Masi, president of the Glendale Civic Association and a resident of Doran Avenue, hopes this proposal will finally help to alleviate the traffic on Doran Avenue, she said. However, she is angry that this proposal had to be made.
“DOT needs to do their job,” Masi said. “I feel like we are trying to come up with ideas to correct them.”
The rejections of the speed bump were huge setbacks in the fight for safety for the Doran residents, she said. Masi said other residents also approve of the one-ways to fix the long-time problem.
In addition to sending out an email blast, “We went door to door talking to residents about the street direction changes,” Masi said. “Many residents like the idea.”