The city has made real progress on its redesign to the notorious Bowtie of Death intersection where Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues come together at 71st Street, completely redesigning the pedestrian walkways and the street itself.
The spot is called the Bowtie of Death because it’s a really dangerous intersection with lots of confusing signals, merging traffic, and fast lights — in the past two years, 34 accidents have occurred there. But the Department of Transportation, after being prodded to do something for more than a year, has now extended the walkways, added a left-hand turn lane approaching 72nd Street for cars heading North on Broadway, and added a signal and crosswalk to let people cross 71st Street between the two pedestrian walkways (see second picture below).
The DOT has placed boulders or rock slabs throughout the redesign, presumably as placeholders for more permanent structures.The DOT hasn’t responded to our questions about the project and when it will be complete.
Thanks to West Side Rag reader John for the tip.
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