Road Diet To Calm 19 Blocks of Adam Clayton Powell Blvd Starting Next Week

A DOT flyer shows a photo simulation of what the safety improvements will look like on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. Elsewhere, the flyer confirms that the project will be installed from 134th to 153rd Streets.

In today’s headline stack, we noted that, according to the Daily News, the Department of Transportation is getting started on installing badly needed safety improvements along Harlem’s Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard. The road diet is long overdue on the avenue, where nighttime speeds average 50 miles per hour and three pedestrians have been killed so far this year. Though the plan has the support of some of the neighborhood’s most important community organizations, such as the Abyssinian Development Corporation, some community board members and neighborhood activists remain opposed.

The News reported that DOT would be starting construction between 145th Street and 153rd Street next week. That section includes the very most dangerous crossings along the corridor. Of the twelve pedestrians killed on Adam Clayton Powell since 2006, seven were struck between 145th Street and 147th Street.

The Daily News didn’t mention any streets further downtown than 145th, but a DOT spokesperson confirmed that the scaled-back project hadn’t been scaled back any further. The road diet will extend down to 134th Street, as planned. Community Board 10’s qualms about the project had previously caused the southern end of the improvements to be moved up almost a mile, from 118th Street to 134th Street.

According to one DOT source, the remainder of the corridor could receive safety upgrades next year.

  • Those bollards are so damn ugly. Why can’t they just extend the medians?

  • Ari

    @facebook-523311334:disqus  Time and money.

    Perhaps eventually.

  • Guest

    Little oops by the DOT graphics team…

    Even with the proposed pedestrian improvements, I don’t think it would be safe for that lady to step off the median into the moving lane while oncoming traffic has a green light!

  • Eric McClure

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Harlemites are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of crossing the street without being run over. — That to secure these rights, Community Boards are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Community Board becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Community Board, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Community Boards long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer curb-jumping cabs and reckless speeders, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of no-criminality-suspected fatal crashes and hit-and-run homicides,  pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Community Boards, and for NYCDOT to provide new traffic-calming devices for their future security.

  • Ben Kintisch

    I’m glad DOT is marching ahead with a safer street design. But if they are going to move forward, why not go with what they really wanted to do – run a buffered bike lane up through central Harlem? It’s good that they are doing something to calm traffic, but a bike lane here would have been better still. But, to repeat my own oft-repeated maxim- it’s a good beginning.

  • KillMoto

    @Ben_Kintisch:disqus , with traffic calmed somewhat it’s easier and safer for cyclists to take the lane.  That will happen.  Also, more people overall will take up cycling, and regardless of their lane position, they’ll be noticed. 

    Motorists will become frustrated, jealous and/or scared, and will demand that a bike lane be put in – a separate but equal place for “those cyclists” to transport themselves. 

  • Ian Turner

    @c44dc01f8107c1b33104b538f33b734d:disqus : Based on history, I think a more likely outcome is that motorists will demand a return to the status quo ante. I can’t think of a single case of motorists lobbying for a bike lane in order to get cyclists out of the way.

  • I think this might work and also be an effective process for people.

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