Atlantic-Washington Intersection, Where Cyclist Was Killed Last Year, Getting Traffic-Tempering Redesign

02/11/2011 12:48 PM |

intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Washington Avenue in Brooklyn, Clinton Hill-Prospect Heights

The Times‘ journalism student-driven Brooklyn blog The Local neglects to mention that the intersection of Washington and Atlantic Avenues, which is about to undergo a radical traffic-controlling revamp in light of eight pedestrian injuries between 2005 and 2009, is where cyclist Jasmine Herron was killed late last summer.

The imposingly wide intersection on the border between Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights, which is also the northern tip of Underhill Avenue, features seven lanes of traffic going at highway speeds, and a confusing mess of left turn signals. The Department of Transportation’s plan to make the intersection safer, which grew out of a Prospect Heights community petition and was presented to Community Board 8 last night, includes shortening the crosswalks, widening pedestrian refuges, eliminating one left-hand turning lane. Pending CB8’s approval, the DoT hopes to begin construction this summer. The plan doesn’t apparently feature any provisions specifically for cyclists’ safety, but as someone who rides through that intersection regularly (and in light of Herron’s tragic death), something, anything would be better than the current set-up. (Brownstoner)