Safe and Accessible Flatbush and Foxhall

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The Safe and Accessible Flatbush and Foxhall Avenues project aims to improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure that connects the Colonial Gardens Apartments and residential streets in Midtown to surrounding business districts.

Repairs and upgrades will be made all along the route from the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Colonial Drive to Foxhall Avenue and Broadway.

Overall, the project will enhance livability in the neighborhood by creating a sustainable and attractive streetscape in the heart of the City. It will enable more residents from different socioeconomic backgrounds to live and work within walkable distances that are safe to navigate. And it will help spur revitalization of a significant commercial corridor.

The streets that will be addressed currently have intermittent sidewalks and railroad crossings that are quite hazardous for pedestrians and cyclists. Approximately two miles of sidewalks will be rehabilitated, and painted crosswalks with ADA-compliant curb ramps will be installed.

The City will work with CSX at the two railroad crossings situated on the route to reduce the use of the tracks as a walking path. With dozens of new trees lining the way, pedestrians will naturally gravitate to the new sidewalks instead.


Accommodations for bicycles will also be added along both avenues, connecting to other infrastructure projects, including the Empire State Trail and the Kingston Greenline, which is a network of rail trails, complete streets, and linear parks that winds throughout the City.

In early 2020, the City hired Engineering Consultants GPI to undertake the design of this major project. They're working closely with the City on a robust public outreach process so that the final designs reflect the community's values and priorities.

With your input, the City will steer this project toward the community's preferred design to be constructed in 2023. Information about the designs was presented at our virtual public meeting on Thursday, March 4, 2021 — if you weren't able to join us then, a copy of the powerpoint presentation can be found to the left. And recordings in both English and Spanish can be viewed on our YouTube channel:

Public Meeting in Spanish

Public Meeting in English

PLEASE WEIGH IN: In our interactive "Tools" section below, you'll find several ways in which you can offer your own ideas and comments. Just click on the tabs — Design Alternatives, Places, Survey and Discussion Forum.

The Safe & Accessible Flatbush & Foxhall Project is funded in part by the Climate Smart Community Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It is also made possible with funding from the New York State Department of Transportation.





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The Safe and Accessible Flatbush and Foxhall Avenues project aims to improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure that connects the Colonial Gardens Apartments and residential streets in Midtown to surrounding business districts.

Repairs and upgrades will be made all along the route from the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Colonial Drive to Foxhall Avenue and Broadway.

Overall, the project will enhance livability in the neighborhood by creating a sustainable and attractive streetscape in the heart of the City. It will enable more residents from different socioeconomic backgrounds to live and work within walkable distances that are safe to navigate. And it will help spur revitalization of a significant commercial corridor.

The streets that will be addressed currently have intermittent sidewalks and railroad crossings that are quite hazardous for pedestrians and cyclists. Approximately two miles of sidewalks will be rehabilitated, and painted crosswalks with ADA-compliant curb ramps will be installed.

The City will work with CSX at the two railroad crossings situated on the route to reduce the use of the tracks as a walking path. With dozens of new trees lining the way, pedestrians will naturally gravitate to the new sidewalks instead.


Accommodations for bicycles will also be added along both avenues, connecting to other infrastructure projects, including the Empire State Trail and the Kingston Greenline, which is a network of rail trails, complete streets, and linear parks that winds throughout the City.

In early 2020, the City hired Engineering Consultants GPI to undertake the design of this major project. They're working closely with the City on a robust public outreach process so that the final designs reflect the community's values and priorities.

With your input, the City will steer this project toward the community's preferred design to be constructed in 2023. Information about the designs was presented at our virtual public meeting on Thursday, March 4, 2021 — if you weren't able to join us then, a copy of the powerpoint presentation can be found to the left. And recordings in both English and Spanish can be viewed on our YouTube channel:

Public Meeting in Spanish

Public Meeting in English

PLEASE WEIGH IN: In our interactive "Tools" section below, you'll find several ways in which you can offer your own ideas and comments. Just click on the tabs — Design Alternatives, Places, Survey and Discussion Forum.

The Safe & Accessible Flatbush & Foxhall Project is funded in part by the Climate Smart Community Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It is also made possible with funding from the New York State Department of Transportation.





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Design Alternatives

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).

 

Instead of submitting a story on this tool, go to the next few tabs to provide your input about these design alternatives!

Survey: https://engagekingston.com/safe-and-accessible-flatbush-and-foxhall/survey_tools/survey

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

Post other questions or comments about the project here: https://engagekingston.com/safe-and-accessible-flatbush-and-foxhall/forum_topics/q

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