NY DOT to make safety improvements on 787

COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Less than a year after a 16-year-old was killed while trying to cross I-787 in Cohoes, changes are coming to the area.

Lined with memorials for the people who lost their lives, a stretch of I-787 in Cohoes has become a highway of haunts for many who pass through.

“The one year anniversary is coming up and we’re exactly where it happened,” Alexis Castracan, friend of Brittany Knight, said.

Brittany Knight was struck and killed while trying to cross at Bridge Avenue. On Monday, there was some welcomed news by New York Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll.

“We’ll make this a welcoming entrance into Cohoes that is more pedestrian friendly,” Driscoll said.

The DOT is announcing a $15 million project to re-vamp the deadly intersection. Specific plans are still being drawn up, but Driscoll says you can expect the area to be transformed into a Gateway Boulevard, one with slower speed limits.

“They’ll be commonalities in traffic calming systems that we utilize they’ll be green space as we use in medians and other ways to slow traffic”

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse commended lawmakers and the DOT for their swift action.

“We are changing the safety of this community,” Mayor Morse said. “We are saying that we heard your cries, we know your concerns, and today, we are taking the first step in making this reality a boulevard.”

For those personally touched by tragedy in this dangerous area, it’s an answer to their prayers.

“I’m happy there’s something being done about it,” Castracan said. “Nobody else will have to worry about anything like that happening ever again.”

The DOT says they plan to break ground on the project in spring of 2018 with the hopes of having it completed by fall of 2019.

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