Transportation officials announce changes to New York street near fatal crash site

Major changes, including new bike lanes, are coming soon to a busy Staten Island street where three teenagers were killed in a horrific high-speed crash Sunday night, city officials said.

City Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez said Monday his team will move forward with an aggressive redesign of Hylan Blvd. on the Borough’s South Shore, and that work would begin in the coming weeks.

The redesign aims to eliminate one lane for vehicular traffic in each direction, build bicycle lanes in each direction and add left-turn lanes in a bid to improve intersection safety along the stretch of 1 .2 mile between Satterlee St. and Page Ave.

“We’ve been working on a plan for this area for months, and the last time our borough commissioner appeared before the community council was weeks ago, in June,” Rodriguez told a conference call. hurry. “We will continue to work on this plan.”

Sunday’s fatal crash at Hyland Blvd. and Richard Ave. is one block east of the planned revamp. The wreckage left three people dead, including two siblings – a 15-year-old brother and 16-year-old sister – after the Ford Mustang they were driving in crashed into a left-turning GMC Yukon, said the cops. The occupants of the SUV were slightly injured.

DOT officials said they would consider making additional modifications to the intersection where the fatal crash occurred.

Representatives from Staten Island’s Community Board 3 said they opposed the redesign — and in 2019 told DOT officials they wouldn’t support a similar plan to build on-street bike lanes.

“We are an automotive community, whether people like it or not,” said community council chairman Frank Morano. “The only people they make happy are recreational cyclists who use bikes. Our main concern is to move people to jobs and to retail.

Roseann Caruana, the Staten Island Borough Commissioner for the DOT, said shrinking space for cars would make Hylan Blvd safer for everyone, adding that her grandparents were killed in an accident car on the street in the 1950s.

“The stats for Hylan are just shocking,” Rodriguez said. “On the 1.2-mile southern section between Page and Satterlee, the fatality or serious injury rate is 7.5 people per mile, which is nine times higher than the rest of all of Staten Island and 2.5 times higher than the rest of everything. New York City. It has one of the highest accident rates of any street in the five boroughs.

The overhaul announcement comes three weeks after DOT officials announced plans to ban cars from a stretch of Broadway in Manhattan, where a taxi driver sparked a horrific crash that injured five people, including a woman whose leg has been severed.