2012-09-28 / Community

CBB Guard Rail Project Will Finish Soon

By Nicholas Briano


The guard rails as they were installed in the summer through the bird sanctuary along Cross Bay Boulevard. The guard rails as they were installed in the summer through the bird sanctuary along Cross Bay Boulevard. The city began installing the concrete barriers along Cross Bay Boulevard through the bird sanctuary north of Broad Channel this summer. But as most may have already noticed, suddenly the project stopped dead in its tracks.

After a lengthy delay, however, the Broad Channel Civic Association announced last week that the project is set to resume this fall, according to information provided to them by the City of New York.

According to the Association’s monthly newsletter, the project had a last minute change when the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) objected to the original guardrails’ support poles being placed over critical infrastructure that is buried beneath the roadway at that location.

The solution was the “Zip-rail” that is currently in place for half of the trail. The guardrail is meant to protect pedestrians and bike riders who frequent the path adjacent to the boulevard on which some motorists can and have sped through Broad Channel, where they can zoom unabated, due to a limited number of traffic lights. The Broad Channel community spoke and City Councilman Eric Ulrich secured the funding for the installation of the rails after several accidents and fatalities plagued the stretch over the past number of years. Early last year, DOT narrowed the corridor from three lanes to two in hopes of reducing speeding. Accidents, however, continue in the area despite the change in configuration.

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