Hunts Point activists wonder when safety improvements are coming

Posted: Updated:
HUNTS POINT -

Hunts Point residents took to the streets Thursday in hopes of making them safer.

Multiple incidents have prompted community activists to call for safety improvements at Hunts Point and Lafayette avenues, and various surrounding intersections. According to Vision Zero data, 15 injuries occurred in the area last year.

The call for change includes a want for more traffic lights, slower speed limits and speed cameras. There are six schools in the area.

In May 2018, the city Department of Transportation proposed new crossings, curb extensions and concrete medians at intersections along Lafayette Avenue. Advocates for street improvements say they've met with DOT representatives, and had agency officials on site for walk-throughs.

Activists say the DOT is not giving them actual dates and plans for the project. Instead, they are hearing studies are being conducted and "conversations are happening."

The DOT says new crossings were installed along Lafayette Avenue last fall, with work scheduled to begin soon on pedestrian islands. An agency spokesperson also says school zone speed limit signs should be coming soon.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."