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Sunset Park: Safety Results, Future capital projects

Last night, May 20, 2014, NYCDOT presented the safety results based on one year of after data for the Sunset Park section of 4th Ave (15th to 65th Sts) which was implemented in late 2012.

Highlights from the after data include a 29% reduction in pedestrian injuries, a 13% reduction in all crashes, an 8% reduction in crashes with injuries, and a 38% reduction in the percentage of drivers traveling above the speed limit. Despite the lane reduction from 3 to 2 lanes in each direction, peak volumes have slightly increased in both AM and PM peak directions in most locations, and travel times have remained about the same. Pedestrian volumes have also increased throughout the corridor. There have been no fatalities in the Sunset Park section since the project was completed.

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Seeing the crash reduction and that the new design is functioning well, NYCDOT described future plans for a multi-phase capital project to widen the medians to their recently widened outlines, for all blocks from Atlantic Avenue to 65th St. The first phase is planned for 33rd to 47th St. The second planned phase is 8th to 18th St. NYCDOT is in the process of applying for funding for these projects. The design of the widened medians will be determined once the funds are raised and the project is sent to the DDC and MTA for surveying and review.

 

Park Slope Open House recap

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to DOT’s Open House last night. Almost forty community members stopped by to view boards explaining the history of the project and give input on proposed designs for Fourth Avenue in Park Slope. The thoughtful comments and feedback DOT received—both last night and ongoing on the website—are crucial in the continued project design. We look forward to presenting a proposal for the corridor based on our community-driven planning in May with CB2 and CB6.

Bay Ridge Open House recap

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to DOT’s Open House last night. Over thirty community members stopped by to view boards explaining the history of the project and give input on proposed designs for Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge. The thoughtful comments and feedback DOT received—both last night and ongoing on the website—are crucial in the continued project design. We look forward to presenting a proposal for the corridor based on our community-driven planning soon with CB10.