DOT Installs Safety Railing Near Transit Hub After Fatal Accident

By Katie Honan on March 31, 2014 3:00pm 

 The railing was installed last month on Broadway near 74th Street.
The railing was installed last month on Broadway near 74th Street.
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JACKSON HEIGHTS — The city has installed a metal railing near a busy intersection where a woman was struck and killed by a city bus in February in an effort to make the street safer, according to a city official.

The fencing was installed on a small walkway on Broadway near 74th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, last month to "deter unsafe crossings" from the sidewalk, according to a spokesman with the Department of Transportation.

"The agency continues to review the area for further safety enhancements and we welcome input from community stakeholders on this," the DOT spokesman said.

Martha Tibillin-Guamug, 25, of The Bronx was struck and killed by a Q53 bus near the intersection on Feb. 4. Her death prompted residents and the local city councilman to call for ways to make the intersection, which lies near multiple buses and a major train station, safer.

Councilman Danny Dromm said he'd like to see a traffic light near 74th Street and Broadway, but would "examine all the possibilities."

In 2011, the Department of Transportation unveiled a list of recommendations to increase pedestrian safety and reduce congestion in its Jackson Heights Neighborhood Transportation Study.

Diversity Plaza, on 37th Road near 74th Street, was built as a result of the 2011 investigation. The DOT also created new street markings, widened crosswalks and made turn restrictions along Broadway, Roosevelt Avenue and 73rd and 74th Streets at that time.

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