Funding For Pedestrian Safety Measures

Funding For Pedestrian Safety Measures

Independent/Courtesy Fred Thiele
Assemblyman Fred Thiele is promoting infrastructure projects designed to protect pedestrians.

As part of the state initiative to improve pedestrian safety, Assemblyman Fred Thiele announced $62 million in funding for infrastructure projects.

A total of $7.5 million will be allocated for a number of pedestrian-safety projects, including seven crosswalks in four different locations in North Haven and Sag Harbor villages. Another 23 crosswalks at 19 locations in East Hampton and Southampton Town, as well as in Huntington and Village of the Branch will also be improved. Another $12.78 million will be used for road improvements in Southampton, Riverhead, Brookhaven, and Smithtown.

The projects will be funded through the state’s five-year $110 million Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, which was launched in 2016 and will continue through 2020. The plan calls for a systemic approach to address safety issues and minimize the potential for vehicular accidents through engineering, enforcement, and education.

When the program was first proposed in 2016, crash analysis data showed that an average of 300 pedestrians were killed and 15,000 were injured by motor vehicles in the state each year.

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