Brooklyn Councilman David G. Greenfield announced this week that the Department of Transportation will be installing enhanced crosswalks at three dangerous intersections in Bensonhurst. The decision comes after meetings between Greenfield, other community leaders, and DOT officials.
“Keeping our citizens safe is the most important job we have as elected officials,” Greenfield said. “That’s why I fought to get these safety improvements. I’m proud that we were able to get it done.”
The enhanced crosswalks will feature clear new signage directing drivers to yield to pedestrians, and are slated for installation on 21st Avenue at 57th Street and 58th Street, as well as 17th Avenue at 57th Street. Speed humps will also be installed on 21st Avenue from 53rd Street to 60th Street.
“2016 was the safest year on record, and Brooklyn led all boroughs in cutting down on traffic fatalities, but we can and must do better,” Greenfield said. “I’d like to thank Commissioner Trottenberg for her hard work on this important matter. I would also like to thank Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for his partnership in making these improvements possible.”
Greenfield has been working hard to improve the streets of our communities, and these are just the latest of many improvements he has successfully fought for. With respect to 21st Avenue specifically, Greenfield has added safety measures such as hazard lights to warn about sharp curves and removed outdated signage. He has also opened up new parking spaces and upgraded streets lights for improved visibility. Greenfield is also in the process of making major safety improvements in the area of the intersections of New Utrecht Avenue/12th Avenue/50th Street, which will include enhanced crosswalks and new measures to improve driving safety, among other measures.
“I am very excited about the steps being taken to improve safety at the intersection of New Utrecht Avenue, 12th Avenue and 50th Street,” said Barry Spitzer, district manager for Community Board 12. “The Department of Design and Construction is already working on the design for this project with construction pending its completion. For years this location has been extremely dangerous and an object of confusion for motorists and pedestrians. I am pleased that Councilman Greenfield and I have been able to work with the Department of Transportation to make these necessary improvements.”
“I will never stop fighting to keep our communities safe,” Greenfield said. “That includes keeping our streets safe for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike.”