NYDOT Completes Harlem River Drive Safety Project

October 11, 2018

Ohs Online reports that the New York State Department of Transportation recently completed a $7.8 million safety project on Harlem River Drive in Harlem that included resurfacing work, new median barrier, signage, and energy-efficient LED lighting.

Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas announced completion of then project along Harlem River Drive between 131st and 167th streets.

“Safety is our top priority at the Department of Transportation,” he said. “The changes we’ve made on Harlem River Drive are enhancing safety for everyone who travels this busy stretch of highway.”

According to the department’s release, nearly 100,000 motorists travel that stretch of highway every day. NYSDOT restored the roadway surface between 131st and 167th streets and installed new pavement markings, LED lighting, and ground-mounted signage to enhance visibility, reflectivity and readability. Drainage also was improved to reduce the pooling of water and the potential for icy conditions on the highway.

According to the department’s release, nearly 100,000 motorists travel that stretch of highway every day. NYSDOT restored the roadway surface between 131st and 167th streets and installed new pavement markings, LED lighting, and ground-mounted signage to enhance visibility, reflectivity and readability. Drainage also was improved to reduce the pooling of water and the potential for icy conditions on the highway.


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New York State Sen. Brian Benjamin said, “I am glad the New York State Department of Transportation has dedicated the necessary resources to improving safety on Harlem River Drive. The restored roadway and improved signs, marks, and lighting will make travel along this busy stretch of highway better and safer for the residents of my district. I look forward to working with them to make sure that state resources continue to be used for the betterment of our community.”

Recently, NYSDOT and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee unveiled a new public service announcement and social media campaign focused on the importance of respecting flagging personnel. This year’s work zone safety campaign, “Flaggers have families too,” is designed to remind motorists that flagging personnel are not attempting to disrupt traffic – they are simply doing their jobs and want to get home safely at the end of each work day.

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