Delancey Street Traffic Changes Now in Effect
Preparations for the long-overdue Delancey 2.0 finally began last week after a bout of inclement weather threw a monkey wrench into plans. As we’ve been reporting these last few months, the traffic pattern from Bowery to the bridge is completely changing. New medians, sidewalk extensions, shorter crosswalks, and longer crossing times. Tough to admit, but it was the loss of 12-year-old Dashane Santana that finally spurred pols into action (a part of the street will take her name in memorial).
Much of the change is already in effect, most notably at Clinton Street where road markings have already outlined the generous new swath of sidewalk. Crossing guards are also on the scene to help enforce the updated traffic patterns, including the mandatory right-turn from Delancey onto Clinton. That move is sure to irk cabbies zooming in from the FDR.
The massive transportation overhaul extends the entire length of the thoroughfare. Just look at the pavement to gauge progress (i.e. new lanes, future curbs).
The countdown clock at Clinton Street has yet to change, though. Once that happens, pedestrians will gain an additional eight seconds to a total of thirty ticks.
Below is the full DOT plan: