The city plans a complete redesign West End Avenue from 70th street to 107th to make the streets safer after a series of pedestrian deaths in the area, but locals are already questioning the proposed design.
The plan developed by the Department of Transportation would reduce the number of lanes from four to two, with a turning lane on each block for left-hand turns. The parking lane would be extended to accommodate double-parked cars and delivery trucks. At 95th and 97th streets — particularly problematic intersections where pedestrians were killed this year — the DOT would install pedestrian islands. Southbound left turns would be banned from West End on 95th, and northbound lefts would be banned on 97th.
The plan got a mixed reception at a meeting last month. — some people wanted more pedestrian islands and others questioned why DOT is essentially condoning double-parking. Neighborhood in the Nineties notes that the plan doesn’t address the huge influx of cars getting onto and off of the Henry Hudson Parkway in the mid-90′s. Locals will get another chance to learn about it on Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Community Board offices, 250 West 87th Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue). Read the plan below or download the pdf at this link.