Nassau Ave project causing traffic headaches
by Shane Miller
May 23, 2012 | 1747 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A North Brooklyn elected official is calling on the city to ease up on restrictions to make it easer for Greenpoint residents to park their cars.

Assemblyman Joe Lentol urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to minimize alternate side parking regulations for residents affected by the Nassau Avenue Reconstruction Project.

Lentol requested that alternate side parking regulations be suspended for the Nassau Avenue corridor, as well as all adjoining side streets for the duration of the project.

“Parking has become a nightmare for residents, compounded by filming in the area that occurs on a weekly basis,” Lentol said. “Relief is needed immediately.”

Lentol, who lives off Nassau Avenue within the affected area, said in the long run the project will provide significant benefits to the community, but is also optimistic that DOT will work to ease this parking issue for the community.

Lentol invited all residents to attend an upcoming meeting regarding the Nassau Avenue Reconstruction Project. The meeting will be held on May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell Street.

Meanwhile, businesses are reporting that a change in the direction of traffic on Nassau Avenue is having a negative effect on their bottom line.

As part of the reconstruction project, traffic on Nassau Avenue now goes solely westbound, making it inconvenient to travel on the street. Business owners say that people are avoiding Nassau Avenue altogether, and in turn their shops and stores.

“There are a number of long-standing and new businesses on these blocks who have seen a drastic drop I the revenue since the reconstruction started,” said Community Board 1 chairman Christopher Olechowski in a statement. “It is believed to be because of the traffic's direction.”

Olechowski called on DOT to consider changing the flow of traffic to an eastbound direction.

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