On March 4, 2021, the City of Kingston hosted a virtual public information meeting to present design alternatives for Flatbush Avenue, Foxhall Avenue, and two key intersections – Foxhall/Flatbush/Elmendorf and Foxhall/Cornell/S Manor. The project extends along Foxhall Avenue from Broadway to Flatbush Avenue and along Flatbush Avenue from Foxhall Avenue to Colonial Drive. The City seeks comments and questions from the public to inform the design as it develops from conceptual to preliminary design for review and comment by NYSDOT.
The goals of the project are to:
- Improve existing pedestrian facilities
- Provide bicycle accommodations
- Improve intersection geometry for pedestrian crossings
- Upgrade railroad crossings for pedestrian and bicyclist safety
Foxhall Avenue Alternatives
Foxhall Avenue is an existing 30-foot-wide paved roadway with intermittent striping. Foxhall Avenue is a qualifying highway from Flatbush Avenue to Grand Street, which requires a minimum 11-foot travel lane to accommodate larger trucks. Parking is permitted in most locations along Foxhall Avenue. There are two bicycle routes along Foxhall Avenue, Kingston Greenline from Ten Broeck Avenue to Jansen Avenue and Empire State Trail from Hasbrouck Avenue to Jansen Avenue. There are shared use lane markings along Foxhall Avenue from Ten Broeck Avenue to Jansen Avenue. There are intermittent concrete, asphalt and bluestone sidewalks along Foxhall.
Three alternatives were developed for Foxhall Avenue improvements: bike lanes, shared use lanes, and a shared use path, as shown below.
Flatbush Avenue Alternatives
Flatbush Avenue is an existing 26-foot-wide paved roadway with 12-foot travel lanes and 1-foot shoulders. Flatbush Avenue is a qualifying highway, which requires a minimum 11-foot travel lane for the larger truck traffic. There are no existing bicycle accommodations along Flatbush and limited, discontinuous asphalt sidewalk.
Three alternatives were developed for Flatbush Avenue improvements: shared use lanes, cycle track and bike lanes, as shown below.
There are two key intersections, within the project limits, that can be improved for vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle safety and efficiency: Foxhall/Flatbush/Elmendorf and Foxhall/Cornell/S Manor.
The Foxhall/Cornell/S Manor intersection is confusing in the original configuration and leads to unsafe conditions for all users. The layout shown below would add a traffic signal to the intersection to decrease delay along Cornell Street. This intersection alternative shows S Manor Avenue as one-way southbound from the Kingston Caps & Trailers driveway to the intersection to decrease unsafe and unexpected movements through the intersection. This layout provides clarity on where vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists should be positioned.
The Foxhall/Flatbush/Elmendorf intersection is an existing five-leg intersection. The main concerns with the existing intersection are long queues and delay. There are three alternatives proposed below that aim to reduce delay and queueing at the intersection: adding a westbound left-turn lane, allowing only southbound traffic into Elmendorf Avenue at the intersection (Elmendorf would remain two-way just past the intersection), and allowing only northbound traffic out of Elmendorf Avenue at the intersection (Elmendorf would remain two-way just past the intersection).
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Provide your input on the types of bike/ped features you would want to see on Foxhall/Flatbush: https://engagekingston.com/safe-and-accessible-flatbush-and-foxhall/maps/engage
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