Queens Boulevard is getting a makeover as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's "Vision Zero" traffic safety plan.
The mayor's office on Thursday announced the city will spend approximately $100 million on a major safety overhaul.
The improved boulevard will have safer pedestrian areas, more crosswalks, and protected bike lanes.
Joined by family members of those killed on the boulevard, the mayor said the improvements will go a long way to saving lives in the future.
"We had to change things here on Queens Boulevard. We were losing too many good people. And we could avoid those losses and finally, the actions are being taken to save lives on Queens Boulevard that should have happened long ago," De Blasio said.
Roosevelt Avenue to 73rd Street will be the first of three segments to undergo construction, with the entire project stretching through 2016.
Statistics show 185 people, primarily pedestrians, have lost their lives on Queens Boulevard since 1990.