Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, and New York City Council Members Carmen de la Rosa and Althea Stevens are seeking upgrades for the Washington Bridge, amNewYork Metro has exclusively learned.
The politicians are calling for a host of improvements to be made to the 133-year-old bridge in order to bring it up-to-date and make it safer for users. The request comes through a joint letter to the Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez obtained by amNewYork Metro in which the electeds are pursuing the creation of a two-way protected bike lane, widening the pedestrian path, improving lighting, installing safety cameras, and more.
“The city has done a terrific job of making wise investments in improving mobility on both sides of the Harlem River, but left the bridge with just two very narrow, poorly lit lanes for foot and bike traffic. People don’t feel safe, so they are reluctant to cross the bridge, and we lose an inter-borough mobility network that would allow people to travel far greater distances,” Manhattan Borough President Levine said.
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