Jamaica Avenue in Queens Gets Better for Traffic and Pedestrians

Jamaica Avenue in Queens Gets Better for Traffic and Pedestrians

Joined outside of P.S./I.S. 268 by New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia, representatives of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), elected officials and community leaders, Council Member I. Daneek Miller (D-Jamaica) declared the second and final phase of the resurfacing of Jamaica Avenue, between 168th Street and Francis Lewis Boulevard, has been completed.

Street resurfacings, which are commonly described as repavings, eliminate various defects caused by routine wear-and-tear that both damage vehicles and risk pedestrians’ safety.

The majority of this particular stretch along Jamaica Avenue was last repaved over 25 years ago.

At a town hall meeting hosted last September by Councilman Miller, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced eighteen lane-miles along Jamaica Avenue would be resurfaced. The first phase of the project was completed later that year, and entailed repaving seven lane-miles along the thoroughfare between Francis Lewis Boulevard and 224th Street. The project’s second phase was recently finalized.

“Jamaica Avenue runs through the heart of our community’s bustling Jamaica commercial district,” said Council Member I. Daneek Miller. “Years of neglect forced consumers and suppliers to use this crucial artery under hazardous conditions that detracted from the economic growth of local businesses, and left pedestrians prone to injury. This repaving underscores the public recognition that Jamaica’s appeal extends beyond the boundaries of Southeast Queens to all of our City’s residents. I thank Mayor de Blasio, Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia and her colleagues, and the Department of Design and Construction for responding to this longstanding concern of my constituents. Additionally, I wish to thank the members of Community Boards 12 and 13 for their legacy of advocacy on this issue.”

“This resurfacing makes Jamaica Avenue safer and work better for everyone who lives, travels or does business in this community,” said DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia. “While the fresh asphalt gives everyone a smoother surface, we also improved safety around schools by installing concrete islands to shorten crossing distances, adding new pedestrian signals and fixing and replacing sidewalks, curbs and pedestrian ramps.”

“Jamaica Avenue is a vital artery through an important commercial district, and DDC was pleased to expedite the repaving, working at night so as to minimize disturbances to the community,” said DDC Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio. “Over 70,000 square yards of asphalt were put down in less than two weeks, providing a safer and smoother surface for this heavily traveled street.”

“The repaving of Jamaica Avenue is a significant achievement in the ongoing development of the Jamaica business district. Upgrading our infrastructure will ensure our local economy continues to thrive,” said U.S. Representative Gregory W. Meeks. “I would like to thank the Department of Transportation, Councilmember Miller, and the residents of Jamaica for their tireless advocacy.”

The new Jamaica Avenue in Queens.

The new Jamaica Avenue in Queens.

“Jamaica Avenue is among the busiest thoroughfares in our entire borough, so I thank the NYC Department of Transportation and Council Member I. Daneek Miller for their work to see the completion of this much-needed resurfacing project,” said State Senator Leroy Comrie. “Because of how vital it is to the overall transportation infrastructure of Southeast Queens, Jamaica Avenue should be resurfaced regularly to repair the damage that is caused by heavy commercial traffic.”

“Jamaica Avenue serves as a vital artery in our transportation infrastructure impacting motorists, pedestrians and small businesses,” said Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman. “This roadwork is critical for our community. I want to thank the de Blasio administration, my colleagues in government as well as Community Boards 12 and 13 for their advocacy on behalf of Southeast Queens residents.”

“The long-awaited resurfacing of Jamaica Avenue, one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the borough, will provide a safer traveling experience for commuters that has been lacking for decades,” said Queens Community Board 12 Chairperson Adrienne Adams. “Our thanks to the Department of Transportation and Council Member Miller for bringing this most important project to fruition.”

“We’d been waiting for an answer to our numerous requests for Jamaica Avenue to be resurfaced for many years,” said Queens Community Board 12 District Manager Yvonne Reddick. “I would like to thank Councilman Miller for everything he did to make this a reality.”

“Jamaica Avenue is one of the busiest retail corridors in the city drawing nearly 100,000 shoppers daily, while the area’s population and pedestrian traffic is at an all-time high. This resurfacing project couldn’t come at a better time as almost one million square feet of new development is underway on 168th Street,” said Greater Jamaica Development Corporation President and CEO Hope Knight. “Thanks to all of our local elected officials and City agencies for investments that are paving the way for Southeast Queens’ revitalization.”

“The Jamaica BID thanks Councilman Miller and the DOT for their efforts to have Jamaica Avenue repaved,” said Jamaica Center Business Improvement District Director of Business Services and Operations Valerie Stevens. “Now, shoppers and tourists can enjoy a truly friendly and welcoming experience while visiting New York City’s hottest destination: Jamaica, Queens!”

“ATU commends and thanks Councilman I. Daneek Miller for delivering a safe Jamaica Avenue for working families,” said Mark Henry, President and Business Agent for Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 1056.  “Local 1056 members operate the Q36, Q42, Q54 and Q56, which all run along parts of Jamaica Avenue. They report the new roadway improved their routes and offered riders safe and smoother rides.”

“As a former bus operator, Councilman Miller understands the importance of well-maintained roadway to rider and operator safety,” Bennie Caughman, President and Business Agent for Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 1179.  My members who operate the Q110 report a difference. Our union office lies along Jamaica Avenue, and I recognize how a new road also improves the look of the community and businesses along it.”

The newly resurfaced portion of Jamaica Avenue spans 12.74 total lane miles, or 2.2 miles, including traffic lanes and a parking lane in each direction.

As part of the project, almost 100 corner pedestrian ramps were repaired, and over 19,000 square feet of sidewalk and more than 1,200 feet of curbs were repaired or replaced.

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