Yonkers residents call for pedestrian safety improvements at busy residential intersection

Residents said they fear it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt at the intersection of Woodworth Avenue and Point Street off of Warburton Avenue.

Jonathan Gordon

Jul 1, 2024, 8:44 PM

Updated 18 days ago

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In roughly an hour on Monday morning, dozens of cars largely ignored an all-way traffic stop at an intersection in the City of Yonkers.
News 12 was there after a video posted online showed several cars doing the same earlier that morning.
Residents said they fear it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt at the intersection of Woodworth Avenue and Point Street off of Warburton Avenue.
"If I'm crossing and they're not stopping, and they don't pay attention to me walking I can get hit by a car," Yonkers resident Jose Ortiz said.
Many called for better enforcement to ensure drivers are making full stops before proceeding. Others said the city should add a red light or speed bumps to improve safety.
"They don't stop," one Yonkers resident said. "They just keep on going."
Another issue at this particular crossing and many others in Yonkers is a lack of markers that designate where cars need to stop and crosswalks for pedestrians to safely get from one side to the other.
"There are no crosswalks, there is no real designated intersection as to where you're supposed to cross either to the left, right, or up towards the hill," Yonkers resident Lynette Roberts said.
A spokesperson for the Yonkers Police Department told News 12 in a statement:
"Traffic safety is always a priority to us. In addition to the Officers in our full-time traffic division, all of our patrol Officers enforce traffic infractions as they observe them and address traffic concerns when they are brought to our attention. While we don’t have any documented complaints or concerns forwarded to the precincts regarding this particular intersection...we will have Officers direct their attention to it in addition to their normal duties. While our Officers are constantly looking to find and address any concerns about public safety, we often rely on the public to bring issues to our attention so that we can address them and make the roadways safer for everyone. We always invite the public to bring their concerns to us as partners in the ultimate goal of public safety."


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