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Road improvements bring an end to pedestrian peep show

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NEW YORK — Look both ways before crossing the street.

That's the message to pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and anyone trying to get around New York City.

Along a stretch of Park Avenue in East Harlem, pedestrians encountered a problem crossing under the Metro-North Viaduct.

They practically had to step out into traffic to peep or peer down the road.

As part of the Vision Zero safety campaign, the NYC Department of Transportation announced improvements along Park Avenue from East 96th Street to 11th Street. The project included installing pedestrian crosswalk signals attached to the viaduct, painted road markings, improved lighting and new concrete pedestrians neckdowns.

Those act as sidewalk extensions that allow pedestrians a better view of the oncoming traffic and also slow down drivers.

Priority corridors and intersections have been identified in each borough based on traffic data and crash statistics. Find info on each borough here.

The NYC DOT reports traffic collisions in the area along the viaduct in East Harlem resulted in 236 injuries from 2009-2013; including one pedestrian fatality and three bicyclist fatalities.