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Eyes on the Street: Safety Upgrades Come to Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.

5:24 PM EDT on August 20, 2012

Pedestrians are already using the new, widened traffic islands before installation is complete.

Although the project covers only half to the distance initially proposed thanks to foot-dragging by the local community board (the other half may be implemented next year), safety enhancements along 19 blocks of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard are in place and giving pedestrians more room to cross the street. When complete, the boulevard between 134th and 153rd Streets will include left turn lanes, wider median pedestrian islands, and one less through lane in each direction. With current nighttime speeds averaging 50 mph, the road diet will have an impact on calming the avenue's deadly traffic.

Here are a few shots from this weekend, where you can see how the pedestrian space in the median has been expanded with paint and flexible posts.

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