Eyes on the Street: Waiting for Crosswalks on Katonah Avenue in the Bronx

A tipster sends in this photo of Katonah Avenue at P.S. 19, where pedestrians have waited more than a month for crosswalks.

In early February, DOT repaved Katonah Avenue in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx, leaving a smooth black surface with no markings. Shortly after a nearby resident called 311 a few weeks ago, a crew was sent out to mark where the crosswalks should be, and the double-yellow stripe was installed. Residents are still waiting for crosswalks. It’s a particular worry at P.S. 19, where students cross Katonah Avenue daily.

“I waited several weeks, and nothing,” our tipster says. “I just called it in. They still haven’t done the crosswalks.”

The hold-up, which brings to mind the national road paint shortage of 2010, doesn’t seem to be caused by other road work scheduled for Katonah Avenue: the only road construction permit for the street is for one block of gas line work over the next month.

Streetsblog has a few inquiries in about the delay. We’ll let you know if we get an explanation.

  • Jonathan Rabinowitz

    The NYC DOT’s street milling schedules are online here:


    Why can’t they post the striping schedules as well?

  • Daniel Winks

    What good will the paint do, really? If murdering pedestrians by driving onto the sidewalk to kill them isn’t against the law in NYC, how would murdering pedestrians in a crosswalk be against the law?

  • Eric McClure

    This is a case in which people need to kick up a little tactical urbanism — if the city doesn’t act prudently and punctually to make the street safe, lay down a guerrilla paint job (and yes, I realize that will cost a few bucks).

  • Guest

    @daniel winks – I think the hope is that making pedestrians more visible to motorists will improve their odds of surviving driver inattention.

  • Guest

    It is not warm enough yet for thermoplastic installation.

  • Guest 2

    When the streets near me were resurfaced DOT explained that it would take a few months to get crosswalks restriped for the reason Guest states – that it wasn’t the right season for thermoplastic installation. That seems unacceptable. As if drivers will wait to hit someone until there’s a proper crosswalk for them to ignore.

  • Another Guest

    Where to start with the problems with this… There is absolutely no excuse for deliberately creating an unsafe condition by failing to reapply roadway markings for pedestrian safety.

    True, they may not yet be able to lay down the thermoplastic. BUT, they can easily use paint to create acceptable temporary markings immediately, and then apply the permanent thermoplastic later.

    They could also wait to perform non-emergency work that removes roadway markings until the weather is suitable.

    This is negligence, plain and simple. Don’t blame the weather for mismanagement!

  • Bronxylist

    This is the community where DOT’s borough commish lives. If this is how she treats her own nabe, no wonder the South Bx is so neglected.

  • Read Your Own Tweet?

    I can’t fathom why they would reduce the visibility of pedestrian crossings during the winter.

    DOT knows pedestrians are at particular risk during the winter. They tweet about it for crying out loud!

    RT @safestreetsfund: Peds, cyclists are especially at risk during late fall and winter. Get winter safety tips at: ow.ly/ggwi3…— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 20, 2012


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