City Is. tries ‘daylighting’ at low visibility street corners
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BY PATRICK ROCCHIO
Two intersections along
City Island Avenue, at Pell
Place and at Schofi eld Street,
will have ‘daylighting’ done at
their corners to increase visibility
for motorists making
turns from the streets onto the
avenue and vice versa.
A NYC Department of
said that DOT received and
approved the two requests for
daylighting, and that work at
the two intersections should
be complete by the end of July.
“Daylighting is a common
safety enhancement that opens
up sight lines for both pedestrians
and motorists,” said the
DOT spokeswoman. “Please
note only parking adjacent to
the crosswalk is removed during
John Doyle, one of the
founding members of City Island
Rising on behalf of the
new organization, made the
request for the changes.
Doyle said that a family
member of his and a friend,
one living on Schofi eld Street
and the other on Pell Place,
brought it to his attention that
they were having diffi culties
seeing oncoming traffi c at
City Island Avenue because
cars were parking too close to
both intersections. “I felt that
it was easy to put in a request,
and DOT handled this in a
very timely manner, which I
appreciate,” said Doyle.
Barbara Dolensek, City Island
Civic Association vice
president, said she understood
why some islanders and DOT
might want to experiment
“On some of the streets,
you cannot go to an intersection
where there is a traffi c
light, so you can only nose out
into traffi c,” said Dolensek.
Despite good intentions,
Dolensek said that no parking
or no standing areas at intersections
could prove to be
sticking point because they
“I think there is going to be
backlash with the parking,”
Doyle acknowledged the
parking concern, but said that
with the visibility situation,
he believes residents may be
willing to accept solutions
they might have not accepted
The NYC Department of Transportation will bring ‘daylighting’ to the corner of Pell Place and City Island Avenue
(pictured) in order to increase visibility for motorists and pedestrians. Schneps Media / Patrick Rocchio
The corner of Schofi eld Street and City Island Avenue will have ‘daylighting’
performed to increase visibility for pedestrians and motorists. The
FDNY’s Engine 70 and Ladder 53 is located on Schofi eld Street and its
vehicles need to use the intersection. Schneps Media / Patrick Rocchio