Community Board 7 approved a major redesign to West End Avenue on Tuesday night, voting 39-1 to redraw the avenue from from 72nd to 107th street so that there is only one travel lane in each direction. The city will also install pedestrian islands on 72nd, 79th, 95th and 97th streets. Southbound left turns would be banned from West End on 95th, and northbound lefts would be banned on 97th.
We have posted the full plan here and included the resolution passed by the community board at the bottom of this post.
Even as the community board was considering the proposal, the DOT was already beginning work on the street starting in the low 70’s on Tuesday night, community board district manager Penny Ryan said. Reader Priscilla Greene sent in the photo below of the machines that are grinding the street. They started at 8 p.m., she said: “Inconveniencing drivers seems more important than the comfort and sleep of residents. Crazy.”
The project should be completed before the winter weather, said CB7 transportation committee co-chairman Andrew Albert.
A half-dozen people from the community spoke before the vote, with some noting that the plan doesn’t address the flood of cars that come to West End from the Henry Hudson Parkway. Albert and co-chairman Dan Zweig said that those issues should be dealt with separately.
“Everything’s not going to be perfect from day one but we and DOT will continue to work on it,” said Zweig.
Mary Beth Kelly, whose husband Dr. Carl Henry Nacht was killed by a truck while bicycling on 12th Avenue in 2006, said the plan is a comprehensive solution that needs to move forward.
“This is a great design and we want it and we shouldn’t kill it just because” it’s not perfect,” she said.
Community Board member Jay Adolf said that the changes would cause traffic to back up in the left turn lanes. “I look at this configuration and I think it’s just going to be awful.” He was the lone member to vote against it.
We’ve posted the full text of the resolution below (click to enlarge). There was one slight amendment to point six, asking for DOT to review other avenues and side streets.
Corrections: This post originally said incorrectly that the changes would start at 70th street. The changes outlined in the plan will begin at 72nd. Also, we’ve corrected the location where Dr. Nacht was hit by a truck.
Top photo via DOT.