Officials of the Department of Transportation and local elected officials came to the Lower East Side this afternoon to celebrate the installation of a new crosswalk and signal on Clinton Street, between East Broadway and Grand streets.
Last year, the city installed a new two-way bike lane on the west side of Clinton Street, but had not yet acted on local pleas for additional pedestrian safety measures. During a press event on the block this past September, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced plans to add the crosswalk. Cantankerous residents badgered her about the issue nonetheless — for good measure.
Luis Sanchez, DOT’s Lower Manhattan Commissioner, cut the ribbon today along with State Sen. Daniel Squadron, City Council member Margaret Chin, Karen Blatt of Community Board 3, Daisy Paez of the Grand Street Guild tenant association and Willie Lozada of the Seward Park Co-op.
Clinton Street between East Broadway and Grand Street. December 2015.
The city’s Department of Transportation announced today’s it’s adding a mid-block crosswalk and signal on Clinton Street between East Broadway and Grand Street.
Residents have complained about safety in the area for years. Cars come racing up Grand Street on their way to the Williamsburg Bridge, while pedestrians living in the Seward Park Co-op and shoppers visiting the Fine Fare Supermarket routinely cross in the middle of the block. Over the summer, the city installed a protected two-way bike lane and established a new parking lane. After the changes were made, complaints increased.
During a media event on Clinton Street in September, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg committed to the crosswalk. More details from a news release put out a short time ago:
The DOT joined Frank Durant, General Manager of Seward Park Co-op, and representatives from local elected officials on a walk-through of the block in September, to discuss and observe pedestrian and traffic issues. Following a study of the block that included counts of pedestrians and vehicles, vehicle speeds, crash history, amongst other factors, DOT approved a midblock crosswalk and a signal. Implementation will take place this spring.
Local elected officials praised the decision. There had been some concern that a traffic signal would not be part of the plan, but the city decided to include it in the safety improvements.
Local residents say it’s time to do something about the dangerous conditions for pedestrians at the intersection of Delancey and Pitt streets.