Neighbor: Pedestrian safety changes at intersection led to cars flipping over

Posted: Updated:

The Department of Transportation launched a safety improvement project last year at a dangerous Van Nest intersection, but some who live in the neighborhood say it’s actually doing more harm than good.

The changes at East Tremont and Van Nest avenues were made to improve pedestrian safety. Neighbors, however, say the changes have made it more dangerous for cars that are turning.

A pedestrian island was installed, and at the tip of it appears to be a small post to prevent cars from hitting pedestrians.

The DOT began the improvements over the summer and they were completed in the fall. Since then, neighbors say they’ve seen multiple cars overturn. Drivers say there isn’t enough space for clearance.

Duran Auto owner Andre Duran says he saw three cars overturn in the last two weeks.

“It’s more of a danger than an actual help,” says Duran.

Duran feels the DOT needs to redesign the project, with the possibility of adding a speed bump.

 

 

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."