MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, NY — The city Department of Transportation has finished installing a pedestrian safety island at a busy intersection near Columbia University, city officials told Patch Thursday.
The new pedestrian island is located within the intersection of West 116th Street and the west side of Broadway, a spokesman for City Councilman Mark Levine told Patch. Levine requested the city install the safety measure in July, the spokesman told Patch.
"In the last three years, the City's Vision Zero initiative has made substantial progress towards curbing the number of traffic deaths and injuries on City streets," Levine said in a statement. "In keeping with that progress, the addition of this pedestrian island will make 116th Street crosswalk significantly safer for the countless community members and students who use it everyday."
Since 2009 there have been 23 traffic-related injuries within the intersection of West 116th Street and Broadway, according to city vision zero data.
The intersection of West 116th Street and Broadway connects Columbia University's main campus and Barnard College. The street is also often used to cross from Columbia's campus to popular stores and restaurants across the street such as a new Shake Shack, a Morton Williams supermarket and a stationary store.