ESPAILLAT AND LEVINE HAIL MORNINGSIDE AVE TRAFFIC SAFETY PLAN BREAKTHROUGH

New York, NY – Manhattan Community Board 10 voted last night to approve the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) proposed traffic calming measures along Morningside Avenue from 116th Street to 126th Street.

Senator Adriano Espaillat and Council Member Mark Levine have repeatedly pushed for the plan’s approval, writing to DOT Commissioner Trottenberg after initial delays in January 2013, and again in May when it appeared the vote would be delayed indefinitely to affirm their support.

Espaillat and Levine issued the following joint statement:

“We are thrilled these lifesaving changes are now on track to move forward. With summer approaching and the school year almost finished, we need these safety measures in place as quickly as possible. There have been over 100 reported accidents in the past year alone and there will be more unless we act. DOT conducted an open, transparent process that gave our community ample opportunity to weigh in –and we’ve been able to achieve a broad community consensus that is the right approach.”

NYPD has issued 263 speeding citations between January and October 2013 on this strip, and unsafe conditions have contributed to over 100 injuries from 2007 to 2011. DOT’s proposed plan will remove travel lanes, add pedestrian islands, and extend four curbs, among other measures aimed at reducing speeding and creating safer crossings.

The plan was developed by DOT more than a year ago at the surrounding neighborhood’s request. Because of Morningside Ave’s unique position as the dividing line between Community Board 9 & 10, DOT has sought the approval of both boards. Community Board 9 approved the project in November 2013.

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