By Alex Israel
The NYC Department of Design and Construction is planning to kick off a project aimed at improving pedestrian safety throughout various corners of the bowtie at West 71st Street and Broadway, as well as on West 70th Street from Amsterdam Avenue to Riverside Boulevard.
Sanchi Vaghela, the DDC’s Community Construction Liaison for this project, presented the plan at Community Board 7’s Transportation Committee meeting. The scope of work includes curb and sidewalk reconstruction, as well as improvements to the sewers, water mains, street lighting, and traffic signals.
It was not immediately clear which locations within the project’s scope will involve each type of work.
While no formal kickoff date has been set, Vaghela says her team “would like to begin in the next month or so.” The project is expected to take approximately two months.
A major planned update to bowtie includes curb extensions. According to Vaghela, the curbs for the southern tip of the north triangle island, and the northern tip of the south triangle island will be extended to meet the paint, which will also help to straighten out the crosswalk across West 71st Street.
The work on West 70th Street will involve repaving and potential updates to existing speed bumps, among other improvements. To avoid disrupting school bus drop off and pick up traffic for PS 199, work hours at the intersection of West End Avenue and West 70th Street will be from 9AM–2PM Monday through Friday, and 8AM–4PM on Saturday.
The community can expect the following impacts from the project:
- Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times
- A resident engineer will monitor operations and work within DEP Noise Code regulations
- Sidewalk and/or loading dock access from the curb may be temporarily restricted while work is conducted (case by case basis)
- Parking may be temporarily restricted during construction
- Garbage pick up may be affected
- Affected buildings will receive 72-hour advance advisory of any water service interruptions with specific instructions
- Rodent Control Stations will be installed by a professional contractor
Vaghela’s regular outreach will include flyers, posted Community Advisory notices, and a Weekly Construction Bulletin email newsletter. She encouraged those impacted by the project (including anyone with special needs) and those interested in joining the email list to contact her directly, at PedRamp3ACCL@gmail.com or (917) 261-7078.