Why Did DOT Shelve This Inwood Pedestrian Safety Project?

Last year DOT released a plan for safety improvements at two Inwood intersections, including a poorly designed Broadway crossing where the A train and several bus lines converge. The project [PDF] didn’t come to fruition, however, and DOT won’t say why.

The last (and first) stop on the A is at Broadway and Isham Street, which meet W. 211th Street at an awkward five-legged intersection. The Bx12 Select Bus, Bx7, Bx20, and M100 all have stops there, and there are elementary schools a short distance to the east and west of Broadway.

Crosswalks on the north and east side of the intersection are long — 81 and 95 feet, respectively — and people using the east crosswalk must cross both W. 211th Street and Isham Street while watching for motor vehicle traffic coming from several directions. Crashes at the intersection have injured 18 people since 2009, according to city data.

A shorter, direct Broadway crosswalk and sidewalk extension would reduce conflicts between people walking and driving.
A shorter, direct Broadway crosswalk and sidewalk extension would reduce conflicts between people walking and driving.

To reduce conflicts, DOT proposed a shorter, direct crosswalk across Broadway to a new, accessible concrete sidewalk extension at the corner of W. 211th and Isham, which would formalize an existing desire path. Traffic flow on W. 211th, currently one-way eastbound, would be reversed, with drivers restricted to making right turns onto Broadway.

The second part of the project would add a painted crosswalk to Seaman Avenue at W. 214th Street, where there is currently an encroachment-prone unmarked crossing that connects Inwood Hill Park and Isham Park. DOT would daylight the crosswalk by removing one on-street parking spot.

A second component of the project would improve an unmarked crossing on Seaman Avenue at W. 214th Street, which connects Inwood Hill Park and Isham Park.
A second component of the project would improve an unmarked crossing on Seaman Avenue at W. 214th Street, which connects Inwood Hill Park and Isham Park.

The presentation indicates DOT brought the project to the Community Board 12 transportation committee in May 2016 in response to “community requests.” When we emailed DOT about the status of these improvements, a spokesperson responded, “[W]ork may come to the area in 2018.” A follow-up query asking why the project wasn’t implemented last year, and what would determine how much of it, if any, would get done in 2018 went unanswered.

It’s possible the Department of Design and Construction would be responsible for executing part or all of the project, which could be slowing it down. But if that’s the case, DOT didn’t mention it. That DOT doesn’t call it a capital project, and the city hasn’t mapped it as a capital project, indicates that it’s solely up to DOT to get it done.

A spokesperson for local Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez told Streetsblog he would check with DOT concerning the project. We’ll update this post if we get more info.

Source: streetsblog
Why Did DOT Shelve This Inwood Pedestrian Safety Project?