The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg officially announced today the unveiling of several pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Hunts Point Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard as well as in the vicinity of the intersection. The need for these improvements were brought to NYC DOT’s attention during a May, 2014 Vision Zero Town Hall by local residents.
The intersection of Hunts Point Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard ranks second highest in The Bronx for serious pedestrian injuries and is classified by NYC DOT as a priority intersection. In addition, the intersection is located along two priority corridors. From 2010-2014, it has been the site of 17 severe injuries including 6 severe pedestrian injuries, 1 severe cyclist injuries and 10 severe motor vehicle occupant injuries.
“Today, we are announcing major safety enhancements at one of the most dangerous intersections in The Bronx,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “By listening to and engaging with the local community deeply concerned about collisions here, we have together created a much safer Bruckner Boulevard/Hunts Point Avenue interchange that extends sidewalks, adds pedestrian islands and calms traffic. As part of Mayor de Blasio’s critical Vision Zero initiative, these much-needed improvements help ensure that, whether you are walking within this neighborhood or just driving through it, you will arrive home safely this holiday season.”
The DOT implemented the following safety improvements at Hunts Point Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard as well as in the vicinity of the intersection:
- New pedestrian safety island between Sheridan Expressway on-ramp and Bruckner Boulevard at Hunts Point Avenue
- Addition of slip lanes from service road to main line between Tiffany Street and Barretto Street as well as between East 156th Street and Leggett Avenue
- New median-to-median pedestrian crossing and curb extensions at Bruckner Boulevard and Hunts Point Avenue
- New pedestrian safety island and painted sidewalk extensions at Hunts Point Avenue and Garrison Avenue
- Median extensions and expansions along Bruckner Boulevard at Barretto Street, Tiffany Street, Lafayette Avenue, and Longfellow Avenue
- Realigned crosswalk and new crosswalk on Bruckner Boulevard at Lafayette and Longfellow Avenues
These improvements enhance safety for all road users by clarifying movements for motorists, reducing vehicular conflicts, calming traffic, providing more and shorter crossings for pedestrians and cyclists, and creating better access for those with disabilities.
“I appreciate the ongoing efforts by Bronx Borough Commissioner Constance Moran to help keep our streets and our communities safe for drivers and pedestrians.” said Senator Ruben Diaz Sr.
“As a long-time supporter of Vision Zero, and sponsor of the law to reduce New York City’s speed limit to 25 miles-per-hour, I understand how vital traffic and pedestrian measures are as part of a comprehensive approach to ensure that our streets are kept safe,” said Senator Jeffrey Klein. “As the second highest intersection in The Bronx for pedestrian injuries, Hunts Point Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard has been a hub for dangerous collisions, resulting in serious injuries in at least 17 incidents. I applaud the DOT for their work in improving this corner and the surrounding area, as well as making sure that our pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers are kept safe in their travels throughout the city.”
“For years community residents and leaders have been seeking improvements to this very busy intersection, which serves as a transportation hub connecting residents to shopping areas and mass transit,” said Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo. “We are grateful to the City of New York, particularly the Department of Transportation, for responding to the safety concerns and bringing Vision Zero to further improve the quality of life for thousands of pedestrians and the community at large.”
“We are very thankful to the de Blasio Administration and the New York City Department of Transportation for hearing our cries and taking action to address our local infrastructure and safety in the community,” said Community Board 2 District Manager Rafael Salamanca. “For years this area has been notoriously dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and the installation of these safety measures has resulted in creating safer streets in Hunts Point.”
Community Board 2 in The Bronx voted in support of the project earlier this year. Implementation began in September and was completed this fall. For more information about DOT’s safety improvement projects throughout the city, please visit www.nyc.gov/dot.