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Delancey Safety Plan Will Widen Sidewalks, Lengthen Crossing Times

Extra-wide Delancey Street is one of the most dangerous roads in New York. One pedestrian and one cyclist have already been killed on Delancey this year. Image: Google Street View.

The Department of Transportation's plan to improve safety on Delancey Street will make it easier to cross the deadly artery, a press release from State Senator Dan Squadron's office confirms.

The plan will widen sidewalks, shorten crossing distances and extend the length of pedestrian signals, among the shortest in the city. The improvements are expected to be implemented in a manner of months. At Clinton Street, the distance to cross Delancey will fall from 125 feet to 75 feet, according to a report in DNAinfo. DOT will also change turning patterns onto Delancey.

The plan will be officially presented at a public meeting tonight and we'll have a full report on the proposal tomorrow.

Delancey has long been one of the city's deadliest streets for both pedestrians and the many cyclists using the Williamsburg Bridge. Last May, 51-year-old pedestrian Patricia Cuevas was killed by the driver of a private garbage truck at Delancey and Essex. Then, in August, cyclist Jeffrey Axelrod was killed by a cement truck driver as Axelrod turned onto Delancey from Chrystie Street.

The push to improve safety along Delancey gained urgency after 12-year-old Dashane Santana was killed crossing the street at Clinton Street last month. DOT's changes have support from a safety working group made up of all the area's elected representatives from City Council to the United States Congress. The working group will continue to meet and push for additional safety improvements, Squadron's office said.

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