The DOT is closing some of the southbound lanes on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway at night in Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo, beginning tonight through March 29, according to an email from Community Board Two. Lane closures will happen from midnight to 5 am between Atlantic Avenue and Cadman Plaza to repair expansion joints.

One lane will be closed from 12:01 am to 1:00 am and two lanes will be closed until 5:00 am. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times.

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The Department of Transportation will install two Neighborhood Slow Zones in Queens by 2014, one in Sunnyside Gardens and Woodside and another in Sunnyside south of Queens Boulevard (map pictured above). A press release by Council Member Van Bramer, who requested the slow zones, says “The ultimate goal of the Neighborhood Slow Zone program is to lower the incidence and severity of crashes. Slow zones also seek to enhance quality of life for local residents by reducing cut-through traffic and traffic noise in residential areas.” The slow zones will be marked by high-visibility blue gateway signs at all streets entering the area, with special signage noting the 20 mph speed limit in the zone. The DOT will also install speed bumps and road stenciling of “20 MPH” to make it clear motorists are in a reduced speed area. The DOT selected these particular locations because of schools and daycare centers in the area, a significant number of crashes, and community support. Check out a map of the Sunnyside Gardens and Woodside zone after the jump.

Map via the Department of Transportation


Today Senator Michael Gianaris announced that the Department of Transportation approved a street resurfacing project at Hazen Street and Ditmars Boulevard, in Astoria. Nearby residents expressed concern over poor pavement conditions at this location, pointing out that the intersection is host to a high volume of foot and car traffic. Senator Gianaris had this to say in a press release: “It is unacceptable for seniors to be afraid to walk in their own neighborhood or for drivers to be wary of damaging their cars due to poorly paved roads. I am glad the DOT listened to our community and is taking steps to remedy this problem as quickly as possible.” UPDATE: The folks at Senator Gianaris’ office just checked out the streets in question and saw that the DOT already started work on the project; the improvements are pictured above. After the jump, check out the block before the improvements… GMAP