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Changes coming to New York City's 'Boulevard of Death?'

Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard as it crosses through New York's Harlem neighborhood has become one of the busiest roads in all of Manhattan. According to a recent story in the New York Times, it's also become one of its deadliest. Speeding cars and large numbers of pedestrians have added up to scores of accidents on this six-lane road.

Now, Harlem residents, community groups and the Department of Transportation are holding meetings to determine how to make this busy thoroughfare safer. Not surprisingly, the meetings have been contentious, with residents and transportation officials struggling to reach compromises on how to slow down speeding cars and reduce the number of fatalities on the road.

According to the Times, Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard saw 626 serious injuries and fatalities from 2006 to 2010. Of the 12 people killed on the road since 2006, 11 of them lived in Harlem.

Department of Transportation officials have suggested reshaping the avenue with more left-turn lanes, new left-turn signals at two intersections, larger medians and wider parking lanes to make room for the double parking common among residents and visitors on Sunday mornings.

A group of community residents has said that they would rather see even more left-turn signals, signs warning of a 30-miles-an-hour speed limit and pedestrian-crossing signals making it easier for people to walk across the road safely.

It's early in the process now, so no one is sure what changes transportation officials and residents will ultimately choose to cut down on the serious accidents on this street. What is certain, though, is that changes will come. Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard has been called by some Harlem residents "the boulevard of death." A street with that kind of nickname is ready for some changes.

Stay tuned for more from our New York vehicle traffic law blog ...

If you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket, don't just dismiss it. Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


The New York Times, "Changes Planned to Calm Flow of Traffic on Harlem's 'Boulevard of Death,'" Kia Gregory, July 1, 2012

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