Hunts Point activists wonder when safety improvements are coming
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.