After a series of fatal car crashes, the city has revealed its plan to make the intersection at Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn’s Kensington neighborhood safer, reports Brooklyn Paper.
Back in February, a truck driver struck and killed a man, while attempting to make a right turn onto the expressway and in 2013, a 73-year-old woman was struck and killed by a truck driver as she attempted to cross the intersection. The city’s Department of Transportation promised to conduct a traffic study for the nine-lane crossing, however, locals demanded immediate action instead of waiting for the results of a study to implement new safety measures.
The DOT has proposed several changes for the intersection that include making the current pedestrian islands along Church Avenue (between the service roads and the expressway) larger, painting a curb extension to slow down cars turning onto Church Avenue from the service road, removing the left-turn lane onto Ocean Parkway from the three-lane Borough Park–bound side of Church Avenue, extending pedestrian-crossing signals by five seconds, and installing additional signage.
The DOT is hoping to start installing the new safety measures in 2019. Here’s a glimpse of what it looks like:
In May, the city was forced to redesign Park Slope’s Ninth Street following a fatal crash in March that killed two children. That design brought a protected bike lane and also narrowed traffic lanes on the stretch.