Records: Traffic island may be causing more harm than good

Many Kingsbridge residents are complaining that a traffic island meant to make the area safer is actually introducing new problems.



The island was built four years ago at the intersection of Sedgwick Avenue and Van Cortlandt Avenue West with a goal of bringing order to a hectic traffic flow.



Since 2012, city records show that there have been about 25 injuries around the intersection.



The area around the intersection contains houses, a school, apartment buildings and other stores.



Residents who live around the area say that vehicles can barely see the traffic island because it is so low to the ground.



Some concerned residents say that the structures may need some lighting to be seen.



City officials have been pushing the Department of Transportation to make some changes. State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz says that "despite repeated promises by DOT and repeated efforts on my part to get them to do their job, nothing has changed."



The DOT told News 12 that it is aware of the complaints about the intersection and will respond soon.


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