08/03/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
New York, NY – Manhattan officials are asking the Department of Transportation to make safety improvements to a dangerous Upper West Side Intersection, claiming the crossover of 71st Street at Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue is one of the most dangerous in the city, as reported by NY1.com.
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal told the press, “We are demanding the DOT make necessary changes to avoid imminent danger pedestrians find themselves in.”
Officials say 25 accidents were reported last year. A total of eight accidents have happened this year.
Officials claim the confusing traffic patterns and signs create a hazard for drivers and pedestrians alike. They also say the Department of Transportation is not taking the appropriate action to remedy the situation because they are too busy with other projects.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said, “They could do this in 30 days. Thirty days from now this issue could be a lot less dangerous if they bring to bear the same energy and passion they have for creating plazas, bike lanes and other things. You’ve got to do both.”
The DOT claims it has adjusted the traffic signals to allow pedestrians more time to cross. It also said it extended some curbs in the area.
The DOT also plans to reduce crossing disturbances for pedestrians, among other safety additions, but they will not take effect until 2011.
Meanwhile, people will have to deal with the hazards. One local resident explained the situation as, “We are always trying to run across and make it, but sometimes we don’t…The cars go in two different directions and that makes it difficult to cross safely.”
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