Speed limits will decrease for drivers on West Side Highway

Kimberly Dole
October 10, 2019 - 8:16 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Drivers on the West Side Highway will soon be forced to slow down.

Officials will announce on Thursday that the speed limit on the street will be trimmed from 35 mph to 30 mph between 59th St. and Battery Place, the Daily News reports.

According to the city Department of Transportation, the new limit will go into effect Saturday, Oct. 12. 

Speed limit signs are being replaced on the West Side Highway.

The DOT also said that there will also be some changes in street design that traffic planners hope will keep pedestrians and cyclists safe from cars.

New right-turn traffic lights are coming to six southbound intersections on the busy stretch of road, and curb extensions that keep cars from cutting too close to the sidewalk are on the way to another six crossings, including the including Chambers Street., adjacent to Stuyvesant High School.

Additionally, pedestrians will be given extra time to cross the street at seven intersections, including W. 14th St.

“For a long time I’ve been concerned with the volume of pedestrian usage along the West Side Highway given the popularity of Hudson River Park,” said State Sen. Brad Hoylman, who helped push for the changes. “Drivers are going to be forced to slow down and yield more to cyclists and pedestrians. They don’t have complete ownership of the West Side Highway any more.”

All of the changes will be completed over the next month, according to the Daily News.

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