DOT Studying Changes to Dangerous Harlem Boulevard
September 19, 2011 6:21pm | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
Wreckage from the crash that killed 89-year-old Leonia White at Adam Clayton Poweel Jr. Boulevard and West 145th Street on June 2. (Meredith Hoffman/DNAinfo)
HARLEM — The Department of Transportation is considering a range of safety improvements for Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, which ranks as one of the most dangerous streets in the city.
The DOT is eyeing such measures as adding left turn signals, dedicated left turn lanes and concrete median extensions in an effort to calm traffic on the boulevard.
The agency recently presented the results of two brainstorming sessions held this summer after Leonia White, 89, was killed at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and West 145th Street on June 2 when a pickup truck slammed into a livery cab that was trying to turn onto 145th Street. The pickup hopped the curb and slammed into a group of pedestrians.
White's death sparked an outcry from residents to improve the boulevard, which is more dangerous than all but 10 percent of city streets, according to the DOT.
Nine people have been killed on the boulevard since 2006. Five of those deaths were clustered near West 145th Street.
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