Pedestrian Struck This Morning on Delancey Street

Delancey and Forsyth streets. File photo.

Delancey and Forsyth streets. File photo.

A woman, believed to be in her 20s, was struck by a vehicle early this morning on Delancey Street.

The incident happened at around 4:15 a.m., near Forsyth Street. According to the Daily News, the woman was knocked down and suffered a deep gash to the back of her head. She was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with what was described as a “non-life threatening wound.” She was conscious and talking with emergency workers and police officers.

No charges have been filed against the driver.

Section of Delancey Street Co-Named Dashane Santana Way

Teresa Pedroza and Shamika Benjamin joined with loved ones and elected officials on Delancey Street yesterday.

Teresa Pedroza and Shamika Benjamin joined with loved ones and elected officials on Delancey Street yesterday.

A section of Delancey Street is now co-named Dashane Santana Way, assuring that the 12-year-old victim of a tragic traffic accident in January 2012 will never be forgotten.  Loved ones, friends and community leaders gathered yesterday afternoon on the north side of Delancey and Clinton streets for an emotional ceremony to unveil the new signage.

City Takes Steps to Relieve Clinton/Grand Street Gridlock

Back in June, Community Board 3 asked the Department of Transportation to fix the auto bottleneck at Clinton and Grand streets. This week, city officials came back to CB3 with a plan.

CB3 Panel Asks City to Fix Clinton/Grand Traffic Bottleneck

Clinton and Grand streets.

Clinton and Grand streets.

Last year the Department of Transportation implemented a number of changes designed to make Delancey Street and the surrounding streets safer for pedestrians.  For the most part, the wider pedestrian “safe zones,” longer signal times and altered traffic patterns were well received. But one part of the plan, which changed the direction of a two-block stretch of Clinton Street and allowed motorists to turn right from Grand Street, is obviously not working so well. Last night, Community Board 3’s transportation committee talked about what can be done to fix the problem.

Right now, traffic backs up for several blocks on Grand during the afternoon rush hour, as cars coming off FDR Drive make their way westward to get on the Williamsburg Bridge.  A very long line forms, at least back to Lewis Street, and some drivers attempt to maneuver around the traffic, creating a double turn.  A two-way bike lane on the west side of Clinton is sometimes taken over by cars. Pedestrians are caught in the crossfire, as drivers become increasingly aggressive.

What Do You Think of the Changes at Grand & Clinton?

Clinton and Grand streets.

Clinton and Grand streets.

It’s been almost a year since the Department of Transportation began implementing safety improvements in the vicinity of Delancey Street.  At next month’s meeting of Community Board 3’s transportation committee, you’ll have the chance to tell city officials whether you think the changes are working. Specifically, the panel will be focusing on the situation at the intersection of Grand and Clinton streets.  As part of the safety plan, the DOT changed the traffic flow on this stretch of Clinton, allowing westbound traffic on Grand to turn right on Clinton in order to access the Williamsburg Bridge. Some residents are concerned that the change has created frequent traffic backups and pedestrian hazards at this crossing.  The meeting takes place Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 p.m. at University Settlement, 273 Bowery.

 

Celebrating Delancey Street Changes, and Planning Future Plaza Improvements

Delancey Street, last week.

Last week, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, local elected officials and community leaders gathered on Delancey Street to celebrate the new safety improvements implemented during the past several months.  During a midday news conference, with trucks and cars roaring past television cameras, Sadik-Khan declared, “crossing Delancey should not be just for the brave of heart,” and she promised an “unrelenting focus on safety” on the street as well as throughout the city.

Among those attending the press event was Teresa Pedroza, whose granddaughter, 12-year old Dashane Santana, was killed at the intersection of Delancey and Clinton streets earlier this year.   City officials were already looking at changing traffic patterns along the deadly corridor before the tragedy but the accident served as an impetus for the improvements.  State Senator Daniel Squadron said, “nothing will bring Dashane back… but hopefully because of this (accident) we can ensure that there are no more tragedies on Delancey Street.”

Elected Officials, DOT Cheer Delancey Street Safety Improvements

This morning, officials with the Department of Transportation and local elected officials came out to celebrate the new safety improvements on Delancey Street.  Roadway changes, longer “walk” signals and pedestrian plazas are all part of the plan.   We’ll have more details tomorrow about future improvements planned for the large plaza area on the south side of Delancey near Clinton Street.

 

Happening Now: Safety Improvements Along Clinton

Clinton Street at Delancey.

This morning, city crews are on the job along Clinton Street, implementing the final phases of a plan to improve pedestrian safety on and around the congested Delancey Street corridor.  Back in June, they created new pedestrian “safe zones” along a 12-block stretch from the Williamsburg Bridge and changed certain traffic patterns.

Today, the crews have removed barricades from Clinton, allowing cars to turn right onto the bridge.  They have also turned Clinton into a one-way northbound street and created a two-way bike path on the west side of the street.

CB3 Votes in Support of Delancey Street Co-Naming for Dashane Santana

Dashane Santana, a 12-year-old girl killed by a vehicle at the intersection of Delancey and Clinton Streets in January.

Tuesday night’s Community Board meeting saw progress in efforts to co-name the north side of the intersection of Delancey and Clinton Streets for Dashane Santana, a 12-year-old girl killed in a traffic accident at the crosswalk in January. The board voted in overwhelming support for the co-naming, citing Santana’s tragic death as the impetus for improved safety measures that the city is currently implementing at the site of the accident.

Previously, CB3’s transportation committee had supported the co-naming after receiving more than 300 signatures from residents of the area immediately surrounding the dangerous intersection. The lone member of CB3 to oppose the measure, Morris Faitelewicz, said that co-naming had become too frequent in recent years on the Lower East Side.

The City Council now weighs in on the co-naming proposal.

Road Remains: Adjusting to the New Delancey Street

Delancey Street, north side, at Clinton Street.

It looks like drivers are having a little trouble adjusting to the new configuration on Delancey Street. Several days ago, the Department of Transportation established new pedestrian “plazas” on the dangerous roadway by setting up plastic pylons on either side of the street. As you can see, those pylons are really taking a beating.

 

A New Day on Delancey

Delancey Street at Clinton.

As we’ve been reporting, the Department of Transportation is in the process of implementing its Delancey Street safety plan.  At Clinton Street, two new pedestrian plazas (on either side of Delancey) are now marked off.  The DOT decided to add eight seconds to the “walk” signal at Clinton. In the weeks ahead, the new plazas will be receiving some TLC. The LES Business Improvement District has agreed to spruce up the new pedestrian refuges with plantings and other cosmetic additions.

CB3 Panel Recommends Delancey Co-Naming in Memory of Dashane Santana

Dashane Santana.

At its meeting last night, Community Board 3’s transportation committee recommended that a stretch of Delancey Street be co-named for Dashane Santana, a 12 year old girl who died in a fatal car accident near Delancey and Clinton streets last January.  Santana’s grandmother, Teresa Pedroza, presented more than 300 signed petitions in support of the measure, which she hopes will honor her granddaughter’s memory and further raise awareness about traffic patterns that endanger pedestrians.

This was Pedroza’s second visit to the committee; at a meeting in May, she presented approximately 150 copies of her petition, signed by friends, supporters, and local residents. While committee members sympathized with their cause, they urged Pedroza to collect more signatures from residents in the area immediately surrounding the site of the accident.

According to committee chair David Crane, co-naming has happened so often on the LES in recent years that board members have established a loose standard to insure that residents on a street that may be co-named are happy with the proposed change. In this case, the committee suggested that Pedroza collect 300 signatures from people living in the immediate area to demonstrate support for the co-naming. “Rather than us saying no to a petition,” said Crane, “we said let’s have the community tell us what they want.”

City Crews Begin Work on Delancey Street Safety Improvements

The city was supposed to begin making safety improvements to Delancey Street about a week ago, but delayed the project due to wet weather.  There hasn’t been much of  a break from the rain, but this afternoon street crews appeared to be on the job — making minor modifications to the roadway.

The plan is to create pedestrian plazas, narrowing the distance people must cross, and to redirect traffic in some spots.  The improvements entail repainting and the installation of pylons, so the work should not take too long. If you would like to see details –  block by block – have a look at the DOT’s presentation to Community Board 3 earlier this year.

 

Wet Weather Delays Delancey Street Safety Improvements

DOT rendering.

Yesterday we noted that the city would begin work next week to to make Delancey Street safer for pedestrians and cyclists.   We received an email from the Department of Transportation last night indicating that the project will be somewhat delayed due to the recent wet weather.

A DOT spokesperson indicated the work will “begin shortly” and is still scheduled to be completed by the last week of July. Most of the changes do not require significant construction; they involve shortening crosswalks, changing traffic regulations and (in the case of Clinton Street) removing barriers.

 

Delancey Street Safety Project Begins Next Week

Delancey Street, eastbound leading onto the Williamsburg Bridge.

The city’s Department of Transportation will begin making safety changes on Delancey Street beginning next week.  Two months ago, Community Board 3 approved a plan, which narrows the roadway in key spots, alters some traffic patterns and lengthens the Clinton Street walk signal by eight seconds.

The alterations are not expected to take long since no real construction is required. Many of the changes simply involve repainting lanes and setting up pylons to keep cars out of newly created pedestrian plazas. The Lower East Side BID is working with the city to beautify some of the plazas (including at the key intersection of Clinton and Delancey streets).

If you would like to review the city’s plan, have a look at our previous coverage.

See an update to this story here.