2017-11-15 / Front Page

Chamber Welcomes Completion of Main Street Reconstruction

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce issued a statement on November 9 welcoming the completion of the long-delayed reconstruction and sidewalk widening of Main Street in Flushing.

“We are pleased that our sidewalks have finally been widened and we can get back to what they do so well: creating the most dynamic business community in New York,” stated Taehoon Kim, President of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. “We are the city’s second busiest intermodal transportation hub and pedestrian intersection. It is foot traffic and public transit that drives our economy and any improvement in our transportation infrastructure is a huge boon to business. We are grateful to the Department of Transportation for following through on their promises to invest in our community’s future prosperity.”

During construction, southbound traffic on Main Street in downtown Flushing was restricted to buses and delivery vehicles.  Local business owners complained about the severe traffic congestion and limited access by customers during construction.

“Major work on the Main Street Reconstruction Project is completed,” according to Pauline Chan, Community Construction Liaison for the city project. Work on a preliminary punch list of minor items will continue until mid-November.

The goal of the $7.8 million project was to increase pedestrian safety and traffic flow by widening the Main Street sidewalks from 38th Avenue to 41st Avenue, resurfacing the roadbed, and upgrading manholes, fire hydrants, sewers, water mains, and catch basins along the thoroughfare.

 

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