The city installed the first 18 blocks of the protected Central Park West bike lane, from 59th to 77th Streets, in a matter of days this summer. But the rest of the project — extending it to 110th Street — is likely to wait until the Spring, according to the Department of Transportation.
“The Central Park West bike lane up to 77th Street is substantially complete,” a DOT spokesperson wrote. “We plan to finish installing lanes up to 110th Street in Spring 2020.”
The project, which won support from Community Board 7 at a contentious meeting in July, is also being challenged in court by the co-op board of 25 Central Park West at 61st Street. A resident of that building, meanwhile, is challenging the co-op board’s right to fund the lawsuit.
Asked why it would take months to complete the rest of the project when the first phase was completed so quickly, a DOT spokesperson said it had to do with the agency’s project schedule.
“The project was phased in order to be able to begin implementation this year, within a very tight schedule and an extensive work program of other previously planned projects,” the spokesperson added. The second phase will be one of the first projects started when the implementation season begins in the spring.”
Transportation Alternatives organized a rally and ride up Central Park West last week to urge the DOT to finish the job.
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