Congressman Serrano Announces $5.7 million for Bronx Transportation Safety Projects

 Congressman José E. Serrano announced Tuesday that the Bronx had been awarded $5.7 million in federal transportation funds for three projects designed to enhance transportation safety. Of the funds, $900,000 will go to a project to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety on Bruckner Boulevard. Another $800,000 will enhance safety on East Tremont Avenue. And $4 million will fund a third phase of safety improvements on the Grand Concourse.

“I am gratified to see federal funding dedicated to ensuring that Bronx streets are safe for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles,” said Congressman José E. Serrano.  “Some of these awards will build on projects that we had been funding in recent years, while others are new projects. All of them are needed, and will help to reduce the number of accidents and injuries on the streets of our community.  Since the State had a role in choosing these projects, we in the Bronx thank Governor Cuomo and his staff for recognizing that Bronx streets need these improvements.”

“Strengthening vital infrastructure across the State is critically important to ensuring the safety of our communities, both today and for future generations,” Governor Andrew Cuomo saiin announcing awards around the State. “With these projects we are providing modern safety improvements that benefit everyone on the road, from drivers to bicyclists and pedestrians. Working alongside our partners in the federal government, our administration will continue to upgrade essential transportation networks in every corner of the State in order to make our communities safer for all.”

The funds came from $79.3 million given to New York State through the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program. Details of the Bronx awards are below:

$900,000 for a New York City project to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety on Bruckner Boulevard between Bronx River Avenue and East 132nd Street in the Bronx by establishing a north/south pedestrian and bicycle corridor. 

$800,000 for a New York City project to enhance safety on East Tremont Avenue in  Bronx County.  Improvements will include shortening crossing distances by widening and installing pedestrian islands, clarifying traffic patterns at complex intersections, studying signal timing for potential phasing changes and new signals, and installing traffic calming markings by narrowing the wide moving lanes and adding center buffer marking, along the corridor.

$4 million for the third phase of a New York City project to improve safety on the Grand Concourse between East 171st Street and East 175th Street in the Bronx.  The project will resurface main roads and extensively reconstruct service roads and medians. It also will add a series of medians and other enhancements, including raised medians, pedestrian refuges, bicycle lane buffers and bollards.

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