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New Restrictions Planned at UWS Intersection After Fatal Crash

By Emily Frost | July 15, 2014 3:34pm
 The DOT is working to add changes to the intersection of West 95th Street and West End Avenue to make it safer.
West 95th Street to get Revamp Following Pedestrian Death
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UPPER WEST SIDE — The Department of Transportation is looking to add traffic-calming measures to West End Avenue in the 90s after another pedestrian was killed along the deadly stretch.

As of Tuesday, drivers headed east along West 95th Street from Riverside Drive and the Henry Hudson Parkway can no longer make left-hand turns northbound onto West End Avenue between 7 and 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, DOT officials said. 

The move was already in the works to prevent crashes involving elementary school children headed to P.S. 75, located at West End Avenue and West 95th Street, DOT spokesman Nicholas Mosquera said. 

In response to the latest crash, the DOT is considering allowing pedestrians more time to cross the street by giving all vehicles a red light at the intersection. The DOT would also like to add another speed bump to an existing one on West End Avenue in front of the school, and is studying whether it is feasible, Mosquera said.

City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal would like to see left-hand turns at that corner banned at all hours, but added that she wants open up a dialogue about the intersection.

On Thursday, exactly six months after 9-year-old Cooper Stock was killed when a driver failed to yield just two blocks north, local artist Jean Chambers, 61, was hit and killed by a left-turning SUV at West 95th Street. Her body was dragged northbound along West End Avenue in what witnesses described as a brutal scene.

Rosenthal said after Cooper's death, she and other leaders successfully lobbied for extended crossing time for pedestrians at West 97th street, where he was killed. 

"They are committed to making immediate changes," Rosenthal said of her conversations with the DOT.