Lower speed limit now enforced on West Side Highway after deaths

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October 12, 2019 - 3:17 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A big change is now in effect on the West Side Highway in Manhattan, and drivers should take note.

The speed limit has been dropped from 35 mph to 30 mph along a five-mile stretch between 59th Street and the Battery.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said the aim of the change is to save lives after at least 10 traffic deaths along the busy north-south corridor over the past six years.

“If you as a pedestrian are hit by a car going 40 mph, you have a 90 percent of that collision being fatal,” Trottenberg said. “At 30 mph, that number drops to 30 percent. So we think we’re going to see real safety benefits with lowering the speed limit.”

The DOT will be putting up new signs and enforcing the new speed limit with cameras.

Officials say the road is now “more boulevard than highway,” with visitors going to the Hudson River Park and Greenway, as well as Chelsea Piers.

Some drivers didn’t see the point of lowering the speed limit, with one telling CBS2 that “you’re normally crawling 15, 20 miles an hour anyway.”

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