Stay? Go? NYC Crosswalk Lights Giving Mixed Signals

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Department of Transportation hopes to cut traffic fatalities in half by 2030, but malfunctioning crosswalk signals continue to endanger pedestrians in the Big Apple.

Back in January, City Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan) highlighted the problem, with her office finding several crosswalk lights displaying both “walk” and “don’t walk” signals simultaneously.

Now it’s the end of the year, and the problem remains and it’s not restricted to just one neighborhood.

Malfunctioning signals recently were seen at the following Manhattan locations:

Hudson Street and Leroy Street
Bleecker Street and Mercer Street
E. Eighth Street and University Place
E. Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue
E. 17th Street and Irving Place
W. 18th Street and Sixth Avenue
E. 21st Street and Third Avenue
W. 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue
E. 38th Street and Third Avenue
W. 45th Street and Seventh Avenue
E. 111th Street and Madison Avenue
W. 111th Street and Lenox Avenue

The DOT itself has over 4,000 workers and maintains traffic signals at over 11,900 signalized intersections, as well as “over 300,000 streetlights, 69 million linear feet of markings, and approximately 63,000 parking meters.”

If you spot a malfunctioning traffic light, the agency said you should call the New York City Call Center, 311, any day of the week, and at any time of day. You can request a work order number to check the status of repairs.

  • kick 'em out

    if you come across something like this , then you should look at the traffic light above on the street you are crossing that is facing towards the driver , if its green then wait. when it’s red then cross. Never put your faith int he little while man or the red hand.

  • Joan

    Come on ,seriously, how many people actually obey those traffic signals?

  • Raja

    I was there on a trip Nov 27th and i saw the same sign and my colleague said its not working properly, i replied “it probably means walk with caution”

  • Ryan

    63rd and First

  • John




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