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Countdown Signals Coming to Delancey Soon?

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If you make it a habit of crossing Delancey, you’re all too aware it can be a death-defying sprint from one side to another. Once the walk signal turns green you’ve got something like 20 seconds before the cars and trucks start rolling off of the Williamsburg Bridge ramp.

Several months ago, the city announced a plan to add countdown clocks on Delancey and several other streets in the neighborhood. We were curious where the project stands, so we asked the Department of Transportation.

This map depicts the streets included in Mayor Bloomberg’s “Pedestrian Safety Action Plan.” As part of the initiative, countown clocks are being added to the following Lower East Side locations:

  • Delancey, between Bowery and FDR Drive.
  • Allen, between East Houston and Division.
  • Houston, between Broadway and FDR Drive.
  • Bowery, between Worth and East 4th.
  • Canal, between Bowery and 6th Avenue.

DOT spokesman Montgomery Dean said the installation of the Delancey signals will occur this year, but he said it hasn’t been scheduled as of yet. In the meantime, keep on sprinting!


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