New Crosswalks Unveiled at Dangerous Staten Island Intersection

By Nicholas Rizzi on December 19, 2013 8:46am 

 Borough President James Molinaro and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan debuted the new brick patterned crosswalks on Hyatt Street on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.
Borough President James Molinaro and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan debuted the new brick patterned crosswalks on Hyatt Street on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.
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ST. GEORGE — New crosswalks designed to make one of Staten Island's most dangerous intersections safer has been unveiled.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Borough President James Molinaro showed off the addition at Hyatt Street, in front of Borough Hall.

"This is a much safer crossing," Sadik-Khan said. "This knits together this very busy part of Staten Island."

The "stamped concrete" crosswalk, which resembles red bricks, should make it easier for pedestrians to cross and also give better visibility on the street, Molinaro said.

"This will be the envy of the other four boroughs," Molinaro said. "They're all going to want it."

From 2007 to 2011, the intersection at Hyatt Street and Central Avenue had 17 injuries, mostly involving collisions between cars, and is one of the top 10 crash corridors in the borough.

Aside from the crosswalk, the DOT added a stop sign at Central Avenue, a pedestrian plaza in front of the St. George Theatre, and lengthened the sidewalk on Baker Square.

Molinaro said that the city plans to add the "stamped concrete" to Clove Road next.

The new crosswalks cost the city $18,000 to build, with the whole project cost around $300,000, the DOT said.

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