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DOT unveils plan to redesign dangerous Gravesend roadway

Planned: The Department of Transportation announced its intention to redesign a dangerous stretch of Cropsey Avenue in Gravesend on May 22.
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City transportation gurus officially unveiled plans to redesign a dangerous roadway in Gravesend at a May 22 Community Board 13 meeting.

The city Department of Transportation presented the proposal to overhaul a half-mile stretch of Cropsey Avenue, between 26th Avenue and Bay 50th Street, where 114 people have been injured over a five-year period from 2013 to 2017, according to department statistics.

The project would shorten pedestrian crosswalks, formalize traffic lanes, and redesign turning infrastructure throughout the eight-block stretch in an effort to promote better traffic flow and increase safety, according to the department.

Currently, pedestrians travel 90 feet to cross Cropsey Avenue, often with limited crosswalk markings, leading to hazardous conditions on the car-dense roadway. To foster safer foot traffic, the department plan calls for construction of high visibility walkways with a protected island in the middle of the crosswalk area, offering refuge to pedestrians halfway through the wide street.

The plan would also narrow traffic lanes on the avenue by widening the mid-road divider — which currently houses a narrow row of trees and traffic lights — by 10 feet. The expanded divider would create a quasi-sidewalk in the middle of the road, while reducing the car roadway from 40 feet to 35 feet in either direction, which the department hopes will discourage speeding.

The department proposal also calls for elimination of some parking spaces to dedicate proper traffic lanes for cars attempting to turn onto Cropsey Avenue, which they say would better organize and facilitate traffic movement.

Community Board 13 transportation reps will vote on the plan at a June 12 subcommittee meeting, before the full board decides whether to give their blessing on June 26.

If approved, construction would begin in early 2020.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.
Updated 10:34 am, May 29, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Union thug from Dyker says:
Cool, plenty of work undoing all this nonsense under the next mayor.
May 29, 9:55 am
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
Mr. Thug(?), What is being proposed will prevent accidents and ultimately save lives. A three year old boy was killed by a truck in Gravesend about a month ago. The driver of the truck was not paying attention/ severely distracted driving. This is definitely not nonsense.
May 29, 11:02 am
Union thug from Dyker says:
The tragic death of the three year old is a case of parental neglect, yet the anti car fanatics will gladly use it to attack law abiding drivers yet again. Typical Alinsky tactics as usual.
May 29, 12:16 pm
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
The police after checking video camera footage and interviewing witnesses said there was no parental neglect. The mother was standing right next to her son. The driver, trying to defend himself said it was parental neglect. He no longer has a drivers license in New York State. Residents wanting drivers to obey traffic laws and drive safely are not anti-car fanatics. They just want to be able to cross the street with their lives still intact.
May 29, 12:25 pm
Union thug from Dyker says:
You seem to have some kind of issue where you invent children being run over by crazed drivers in your head. Take your meds please.
May 29, 1:07 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Place speed bumps every 10 feet and design them so they destroy the vehicles suspension. It's the only way to keep these self entitled crybabies from speeding.
May 29, 2:43 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Maybe this area wouldn't be so dangerous if pedestrians and cyclists played their role in following the traffic laws as well rather than scapegoating everything on motorists just to give them all the royal screw job with redesigning the streets, which feels as if this was being done to promote congestion pricing by creating the very congestion hence the Bloomberg Way.
June 1, 3:17 pm

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