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Press Release #06-67

Contact: Kay Sarlin (212) 442-7033

City Announces Continued Progress on Task Force Recommendations

Staten Island Transportation Task Force co-chairs Transportation (NYCDOT) Commissioner Iris Weinshall and City Planning (DCP) Director Amanda Burden, today announced further safety and congestion reducing improvements around Staten Island and highlighted continued progress towards completing the Task Force's short term recommendations.

In September the Task Force announced it had completed 6 congestion reducing initiatives in less than 6 months, including comprehensive enhancements to 6 high priority intersections, capacity and visibility improvements (daylighting) at 72 intersections and more than 12 new safety initiatives. Since September, the Task Force has completed additional work at 2 of the high priority intersections, installed left turn prohibitions at more than 30 intersections along Hylan Boulevard, daylighted 12 additional intersections, worked with the Police Department on improved enforcement around schools and installed Staten Island's first countdown pedestrian signal.

In a related project, Travis Avenue from Richmond Avenue to Draper Place has been converted to a one way and new parking spaces and crosswalks have been installed to narrow the roadway, creating additional parking for area businesses and enhancing safety for pedestrians.

The next meeting of the Staten Island Transportation Task Force is schedule for January 23, 2007 at the Community Board 2 Offices at Seaview Hospital and Home.

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