Dangerous Delancey Street gets DOT reboot

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Politicians and transportation advocates are crying victory after the Department of Transportation announced that they will be making a concerted effort to make Delancey St. safer.

The DOT said they will be widening sidewalks and medians along Delancey St., in order to make crosswalk times shorter.

They will also alter traffic signals to give pedestrians more time and create more left-turn signal restrictions.

“Today, the Department of Transportation acknowledged what every Lower East Side resident already knows – Delancey St. is a nightmare for pedestrians and it requires dramatic change,” said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

Advocates have been calling for the changes for a long time; just last month a 12-year old girl, Dashane Santana, was killed crossing Delancey St. at Clinton St. 

“For years, residents of the Lower East Side have been concerned about dangerous traffic conditions on Delancey St.,” said Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. “The recommendations being put forth by DOT will make our neighborhood safer for pedestrians and drivers, alike.”

The DOT will present the plan to Community Board 3 for review tonight and the changes could take effect as early as June 2012.  



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