New York Construction Report staff writer
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has completed safety improvements at 1,400 intersections as the city reports fewer annual pedestrian fatalities – down 8.8% this year.
After exceeding its original 1,000 intersection improvements goal this fall, DOT has also reviewed the city’s public space and streets, to create new dedicated space for pedestrians, cyclists, and bus riders with intersection redesigns, signal upgrades, all-way stop installations, daylighting, turn calming, and raised crosswalks.
“While traffic deaths are on the rise across the country, New York City is turning the tide and is moving in the opposite direction by taking action to protect pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and all road users,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “After reaching our goal of making 1,000 intersections safer months ahead of schedule, we have reached an even more ambitious goal of improving safety at 1,400 intersections across the five boroughs.:
DOT also launched an innovative bike hardening program to help keep bike lanes clear for cyclists.
Highlights of 2022 include:
- Installed Turn Calming treatments at 200 intersections, doubling DOT’s previous commitment to calming and slowing turns at high-injury locations
- Installed all-way stop signs at more than 400 intersections, the most ever in a single year
- Installed a record number of raised crosswalks
- Daylighted 96 intersections with bike corrals – on pace to daylight a record 100 intersections with corrals by the end of the year – to improve safety and bike parking access
- Installed a record 471 accessible pedestrian signals
- Completed 7.7 miles of new and improved bus lanes
- Installed about 1,800 loading zones across the city
- Launched 46 new Open Streets to help New Yorkers reimagine how we use our streets
- Created six new permanent plazas