BY SHANE MILLER
There’s now a little more room to walk in Downtown Flushing.
City officials and business leaders last week celebrated the completion of a $7.6 million project to widen the sidewalks on Main Street from 38th to 41st avenues. In some spots, the sidewalks are nine feet wider.
“It expands the area in front of local businesses, makes it safer for shoppers, and improves access points to a major transportation hub in the borough,” said Nicole Garcia, Queens commissioner for the Department of Transportation.
Work also included upgraded water mains and sewers, new fire hydrants, and high-efficiency street lighting and traffic signals.
The Department of Design and Construction also added concrete-reinforced bus pad on Main Street and a new northbound SBS lane between 40th Road and Roosevelt Avenue.
It’s the first major construction project on Main Street in over 20 years.
Councilman Peter Koo said the last thing left to do is make sure the new sidewalks remain clear for pedestrians.
“My office will work with law enforcement to crack down on those who use the sidewalks for illegal vending,” he said.