New York City transportation authorities will implement short-term safety adjustments in advance of the large-scale redesign of a dangerous stretch of North Brooklyn roadway. According to a report by Streetsblog, the Department of Transportation has said it will implement painted median-tip extensions and daylighting measures on McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint, while banning left at certain intersections.
In a statement released on her Twitter account, Assembly Member Emily Gallagher described the changes. As she explained, the DOT will extend median tops and ban left turns at McGuinness Boulevard’s intersections with Nassau Avenue, Engert Avenue, and Driggs Avenue. It will also implement daylighting—the removal of parking space to increase visibility—at “select intersections along McGuiness between Freeman Street and Meeker Avenue.”
The city said it will make these changes in the fall, with plans to return to Greenpoint’s Community board in the winter “to discuss the full corridor safety plan as soon as our additional analysis is complete.” As Streetsblog notes, local advocates have long been pushing for the city to overhaul the stretch of McGuinness Boulevard through the neighborhood, where there have been more than 1,500 car crashes since 2013. Those crashes have reportedly taken the lives of one cyclist and two pedestrians, while injuring 44 cyclists and 251 motorists.
In a statement to Streetsblog, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation stressed the city’s intent to take swift action as it works with the community to figure out out the longer term solution for McGuinness Boulevard. “We’re not going to wait; as we develop the final proposal for McGuinness Boulevard, DOT will deliver immediate, short-term safety improvements to calm traffic and protect pedestrians along the corridor,” he said, adding that the Department appreciates community members and others advocating for the project.