First the Department of Transportation giveth, then the Department of Transportation taketh away.
Two weeks ago, a contractor hired by the DOT painted new crosswalk lines and big block letters that say “STOP” at the busy intersection and school crossing at Manhattan College Parkway and Waldo Avenue.
“We thought ‘oh I guess they’ll put stop signs in.’ We were happy about it,” nearby resident Jeff Ballinger said.
But not long after the paint dried, the DOT removed the crosswalk on June 25, and moved a block up Manhattan College Parkway to install one at the less busy West 244th Street intersection.
Despite the fact that most residents would agree that the contractor got it right the first time, the city is sticking with its story.
According to the DOT, the intersection is now properly installed: two new stop signs, freshly painted crosswalks and the words, “X-ING SCHOOL” painted in the street outside of the Methodist Church Home for the aged.
As of press time, the intersection at Manhattan College Parkway and Waldo Avenue has no painted crosswalks. There are no traffic safety measures in place, just the remaining scratch marks from where the DOT’s contractor ground away fresh paint.
“The intersection needs stop signs and now it doesn’t even have a crosswalk,” Mr. Ballinger wrote in an e-mail to the community board, seeking help with the problem.
Manhattan College Parkway and Waldo Avenue is known in the neighborhood as a hazard for pedestrians and motorists. While college is in session, students cross to get to class at the school’s lower campus on Corlear Avenue, to their dorms on West 238th Street, or just to grab a slice at Goodfellas or sandwich at Jasper’s Deli. The road winds around the Manhattan College campus and motorists traveling between the Henry Hudson Parkway and Broadway tend to speed around the blind curve.
For years, concerned residents and community board members have asked the DOT to do something, but to no avail.