CB1 requests safer streets before L train shutdown
Jul 12, 2018 | 513 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the L train closure on the horizon, the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be sending more buses down Williamsburg’s streets to accommodate more passengers commuting to Manhattan.

But before that happens, Community Board 1’s leaders want the city to take care of those thoroughfares.

In a letter to Brooklyn DOT Commissioner Keith Bray, Chairperson Dealice Fuller and District Manager Gerald Esposito asked DOT to look at the following streets:

● Berry Street, North 5th Street and Roebling Street shuttle loop

● South 3rd Street and South 5th Street shuttle loop

● Grand Street corridor from Broadway to the Queens border

● Grand Street, Waterbury Street, Stagg Street and Bushwick Avenue shuttle loop

● Metropolitan Avenue corridor

● Marcy Avenue

“The existing bus corridors in Brooklyn Community Board 1 already carry an extreme heavy burden of traffic and require attention to keep them in safe condition for motorists and pedestrians,” they wrote. “It is extremely imperative that these streets are in safe condition before receiving these additional loads.”

Fuller and Esposito asked DOT to replace faded and obscured street markings, lane stripings and crosswalks, correct street defects including raised manholes, hummocks, ponding and potholes, and enhance pedestrian signals with countdown blocks, traffic signals and street lighting.

“Areas around the connecting transit stops at the L, G and M lines should receive like treatment,” they added, “to improve any unsafe or hazardous condition.”

A DOT spokesperson said the agency will review the letter.

(Benjamin Fang)
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