Stay? Go? NYC Crosswalk Lights Giving Mixed Signals
New York - The Department of Transportation hopes to cut traffic fatalities in half by 2030, but malfunctioning crosswalk signals continue to endanger pedestrians in the Big Apple.
Back in January, City Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan) highlighted the problem, with her office finding several crosswalk lights displaying both “walk” and “don’t walk” signals simultaneously.
Now it’s the end of the year, and the problem remains and it’s not restricted to just one neighborhood.
Malfunctioning signals recently were seen at the following Manhattan locations:
Hudson Street and Leroy Street
Bleecker Street and Mercer Street
E. Eighth Street and University Place
E. Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue
E. 17th Street and Irving Place
W. 18th Street and Sixth Avenue
E. 21st Street and Third Avenue
W. 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue
E. 38th Street and Third Avenue
W. 45th Street and Seventh Avenue
E. 111th Street and Madison Avenue
W. 111th Street and Lenox Avenue
The DOT itself has over 4,000 workers and maintains traffic signals at over 11,900 signalized intersections, as well as “over 300,000 streetlights, 69 million linear feet of markings, and approximately 63,000 parking meters.”
If you spot a malfunctioning traffic light, the agency said you should call the New York City Call Center, 311, any day of the week, and at any time of day. You can request a work order number to check the status of repairs.