Council Member Joseph C. Borelli (R-South Shore), Borough President James Oddo (R-Staten Island), and Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island) are requesting to meet with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to share and discuss potential safety-improvement options for Hylan Boulevard, which has been the site of more than 1,200 traffic crashes since 2012.
In their letter to NYCDOT’s Borough Commissioner, the elected officials cite the alarming amount of fatal traffic collisions that have happened along this corridor as the driving force behind their meeting request. It is their hope that both the city and the elected officials can agree on ways to improve the configuration of Hylan Boulevard, with the aim of mitigating vehicle and pedestrian-vehicle collisions by implementing pragmatic solutions that are appropriate for Staten Island’s unique traffic landscape.
The most recent pedestrian fatality occurred on Tuesday, April 12th, when a pedestrian was attempting to cross at the intersection of Hylan Boulevard and Wiman Avenue. Vehicle-pedestrian collisions have occurred all along the boulevard, from Rosebank to Princes Bay. Improving the effectiveness of crosswalks and pedestrian crossing devices is a primary concern. The city has studied and recommended improvements, such as high-visibility crosswalks, to other major thoroughfares that could also benefit Hylan Boulevard.
“We need to take a serious look at the way cars and pedestrians interact on Hylan Boulevard. All options need to be on the table, far too many people are losing loved ones,” said Borelli. “I look forward to a productive meeting with the Department of Transportation.”