NYC DOT Celebrates Completion of Major Safety Project on Manhattan’s Third Avenue

New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez today celebrated the completion of a major street safety project on Third Avenue in Midtown and the Upper East Side. The completed project spans nearly 40 blocks from East 59th to East 96th streets, a stretch of Third Avenue that has seen 37 severe injuries and seven traffic fatalities between 2016 and 2022. The project includes a redesign of every intersection, traffic calming measures to reduce speeding, a new offset bus lane, and a parking-protected bicycle lane. The “Complete Street” project, which better accommodates all road users, will also deliver faster, more reliable bus service for 50,000 daily riders along the corridor. With the completion of the Third Avenue redesign, NYC DOT expects to deliver a record high number of protected bike lanes this year…

NYC DOT has also built pedestrian islands to improve visibility at intersections, known as “daylighting,” and reduce the time it takes pedestrians to cross the street. At targeted intersections, NYC DOT installed “offset crossings,” which improve visibility between cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers, and naturally slow driver turns. Other redesigns include adding left turn lanes with dedicated turn signals to reduce conflict between turning vehicles and cyclists and pedestrians.

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