Did the D.O.T. Blink?

Van Brunt and Wolcott, July 7, 2006.

As evidenced by these before-and-after pictures, it appears the D.O.T. belatedly painted new crosswalks on Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, including the intersection where Janet Ramos was struck by a van last week and killed.

Van Brunt and Wolcott, July 14, 2006.

The D.O.T., you’ll remember, said that it had no plans for any traffic-calming measures until a planned traffic study in the fall. Residents have been demanding some sort of solution ever since the nearby Fairway opened in May and traffic in the once-sleepy hamlet boomed.

We applaud the D.O.T. for finally doing something, but question its timing: Does it require someone’s death to get a clearly painted crosswalk–in front of a public school no less?

-Matthew Grace

Previous coverage here. Did the D.O.T. Blink?