Residents have long complained about speeding motorists along an 11 block stretch of Morningside Ave. between W. 116th and W. 126th Sts. This stretch runs along Morningside Park and contains numerous playgrounds and other facilities used by kids, parents, families and others year round.
The Police Department issued 263 speeding tickets between January and October last year along the corridor. More than 100 people have been injured there from 2007 to 2011 (the city was unable to provide injury data for the last two years).
In response the Department of Transportation wants to reduce four traffic lanes to three. The city’s plan would include pedestrian islands on Morningside Ave. at W. 123rd St., W. 120th St., W. 118th St., and W. 117th St., concrete extensions, a stop sign at W. 118th St., an additional pedestrian signal and a new crosswalk at Hancock Place.
However one of the two community boards that need to approve the proposal recently failed to do so, noting more time is needed to hear from plan proponents and opponents.
Some local residents are not happy with the delay. A change.org petition has been setup to address the problem. Click here to view and sign the petition. It contains a nice before and after visual and other details of the proposed plan.