Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) announced that the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will restore two-way traffic to Liberty Avenue between 93rd Street and Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park. The avenue was restricted to eastbound traffic only in 2010 as part of a larger safety and mobility initiative, but a letter by Assemblyman Goldfeder to the DOT Commissioner sparked a second review.
“The Department of Transportation listened to the concerns of our residents and decided to change the traffic pattern on Liberty Avenue,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “The one-way really congested many of the roads in Ozone Park. Restoring two-way traffic offers a balance between protecting our drivers and pedestrians, and improving access to the many local businesses throughout our neighborhood.”
Assemblyman Goldfeder reached out to the DOT after speaking to several residents about the confusing intersection at Cross Bay Boulevard and increased traffic throughout Ozone Park. Local business owners on Liberty Avenue also complained about the loss of two-way traffic and some even had to close their doors completely due to lack of business, Assemblyman Goldfeder noted.
"Many of my customers would have to go two or three blocks out of the way to get to the barber shop,” said Ruben Yunayev, owner and operator of Ruben’s Barber Shop. “This area needs to be more accessible because it's not just a regular street; it is a high traffic area.”
“I wanted to ensure that the intersection at Cross Bay Boulevard is as safe as possible without hindering the prosperity of local businesses,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “The loss of two-way traffic really hurt commerce on Liberty Avenue at a time when our small businesses need all the help they can get. This intersection has been a major problem in the neighborhood for a number of years, but I think the new changes will finally create a safe environment that will not also hurt our local economy.”
Two-way traffic on Liberty Avenue will begin on Tuesday, April 24, after minimal construction to repaint the street and continue restrictions on eastbound traffic to southbound Cross Bay Boulevard.