Queens Plaza Roadway
Maloney has been working with the NYC Department of City Planning to redevelop Queens Plaza and transform it from a pedestrian's nightmare to a welcoming gateway to Queens and Manhattan. When completed, Queens Plaza will have better traffic patterns, improved crossings, bike paths and new open space. Most of the funding for this project comes from the federal government.
Queens Plaza runs from the foot of the Queensboro Bridge to the junction of Northern and Queens Blvds. The plaza also is served by a number of subway lines - aboveground by the 7, N and W lines and below by the E, V, G and R lines. The F stops nearby, near 21st Street and the Queensbridge Houses. The Project will reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality conditions along Queens Plaza by encouraging mass transit and other alternative forms of transportation, such as bicycling and walking. These objectives would be achieved through improvements to the pedestrian environment, the creation of dedicated bike lanes, reorganized traffic lanes between Crescent Street and Queens Plaza East, and streetscape improvements such as landscaping, public art, lighting, crosswalks, street furniture, directional signs and artistic banners.
The project consists of two phases, the first of which is projected to cost $46.9 million, of which $19.05 million will be the federal funding previously obtained, $22 million of the federal stimulus funding and the remainder from city revenues. The second phase will cost $15 million and will be derived entirely from federal stimulus funding. Construction began in August 2009. Projected completion date is early 2012 .