NYC to Spend $250 Million to Make Dangerous Streets Safer

NEW YORK (AP) -

 Some of New York City’s most dangerous streets will get safer as part of a $250 million project targeting outer-borough roads where dozens of pedestrians have been killed or injured in recent years.

The city plans to extend curbs, widen road medians and add protected bicycle lanes to reduce fatalities on four major streets in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Benches will be set up and trees will be planted on pedestrian islands. The plan will be unveiled at a council hearing Thursday.

More than 60 percent of pedestrian deaths occur on just 15 percent of streets, said Polly Trottenberg, the transportation commissioner.

About $100 million will be spent on Queens Boulevard, 4th Ave. in Brooklyn, Atlantic Ave. in East New York and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.