Plaza Highway Signs Perturb Peds
Faced with strong community opposition, the City DOT is reconsidering the installation of 27 huge green highway-style signs at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza. The historic Plaza, where several roads converge, has long been one of the most dangerous intersections in the city.
Area residents and elected officials alike have been quick to oppose the highway signs on aesthetic grounds. Worse yet, though, the signs place traffic flow and motorist convenience above pedestrian safety and will help funnel more traffic into Prospect Park. DOT has been through this before. After community outrage forced the agency to replace the highway-style signs on The Bronx's Grand Concourse with traditional street signs and to make safety improvements, the number of pedestrian deaths on the Concourse dropped from 11 to 2 in one year. DOT should take this opportunity to improve safety at the Plaza by ensuring adequate pedestrian crossing cycles and installing leading pedestrian intervals, raised crosswalks and wider medians.
Ask Deputy Mayor Joseph Lhota to treat Grand Army Plaza like the historic intersection it is, not a highway interchange.