Four NYC Streets to get $250 Million Safety Overhaul
Mayor de Blasio has pledged $250 million to make some of New York City's most dangerous streets safer for pedestrians.
The City Council met today to outline its plan for that funding, and announced that four streets in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx are getting overhauled. Improvements will include extending curbs, widening road medians, and adding protected bicycle lanes.
The contruction project is called Vision Zero Great Streets. It's part of the mayor's larger Vision Zero plan that aims to reduce pedestrian death across New York City.
Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said that in addition to improving safety, her department also wants to improve quality of life.
"We want to try to envision something more grand, something that makes it a more livable street, that looks at greenery, that looks at bus lanes, bike lanes, you name it," Trottenberg said.
The department said it would start off with some short-term safety improvements. There is no official timeline for the project yet, but the bulk of the reconstruction isn't slated to start until 2017.