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DOT Installs Audible Pedestrian Signals at two Forest Hills intersections

71st/Continental Ave. and Austin Street

April 6, 2017 Staff Report

The City recently installed new crossing signals at two busy intersections in Forest Hills to make the area safer for those with poor vision.

The Department of Transportation added Accessible Pedestrian Signals, which use audible cues and vibrations to indicate when a pedestrian can cross the street, to several intersections in Forest Hills to increase safety.

APS was added to the intersection of Austin Street and Continental Avenue, a busy shopping district, and to the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. DNAinfo was first reported on the installations.

The DOT installed the new signals within the last two weeks after it was determined the intersections were complex enough to warrant action. They both were studied for various factors including off-peak traffic presence, the complexity of the intersection and the current traffic-signal pattern, according to a DOT spokesperson.

According to the DOT website there are currently 38 Accessible Pedestrian Signals throughout Queens, and the DOT is also planning to add APS to Queens Boulevard between 72nd and 73rd Street in the next few weeks, according to the spokesperson.

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