DOT presented to Community Baord 4′s Transportation Committee two proposals to protect from turning cars pedestrians who cross with the walk sign. The first split phase signal at 43rd Street and 9th Avenue will give an exclusive Walk phase to protect seniors who cross 9th Avenue on the south crossing from cars and buses turning form 43rd Street. Those vehicles will have a red arrow to prevent them from turning , and then a blinking yellow arrow to tell them to proceed with care.
Similarly at 41st street and 9th Avenue , a split phase signal will prevent buses and Lincoln Tunnel bound vehicles from turning at high speed from 9th onto 41st. Two of our neighbors were killed at that intersection.
These are very welcome changes in addition to the lagging green phase that was implemented on 42nd street a few months back and that made the south crossing of 9th Avenue so much safer.
You can read the balance of the Hell’s Kitchen study report here