CB3 Approves New DOT Plan to Improve Overall Safety at Bowery and Delancey

Posted on: February 12th, 2014 at 6:09 am by

crosswalk countdown 1

One Bowery resident put it perfectly, and we couldn’t agree more – “I don’t cross at the corners [on the Bowery].”

It’s simply too dangerous, especially at the east intersection of Bowery and Delancey. The Department of Transportation is well aware of the concerns here, and is presently revisiting safety improvements (for the third time in recent years). Last night, the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3 got a taste when a rep from the agency presented the preliminary project plans.

First, a bit of the obvious. As we all know, the volume of traffic here is constant clog. Bridge traffic, ineffective crossing guards, speeding bikers, and pedestrian overflow all converge to create a recipe for disaster. Indeed, there have been 87 injuries here in the five years between 2008 and 2010, 14 of which involved pedestrians. As to prior action, the DOT all but admitted that these upgrades were futile, particularly with the Bowery median just south of Delancey.

bowery-delancey-presentation-1

So the new 2014 intersection improvements include the following measures:

  • Shift southbound (Bowery) left turn bay and create an additional through lane with two full-time receiving lanes to ease congestion. That’s two lanes plus the dedicated turn lane to help alleviate traffic.
  • Implement a new “signal phase,” which is still being tested around the city. The light system includes a flashing yellow arrow that tells turning motorists to yield to pedestrians.
  • Reshape island (at Delancey) to allow for easier turns. The new road barrier will include tree pits for beautification.
  • Extend the “neck” of pedestrian space at the southeast corner around the bend and onto the Bowery.
  • Replace the decrepit old median at Spring Street to improve pedestrian safety with a place for waiting.
  • Expanding the “No Stopping Anytime” zone at the northeast corner of Bowery and Delancey by 70 feet so that it reaches the subway stairwell.
  • 11 seconds of lead time for northbound pedestrians crossing Delancey, during which time no left-turning cars from Bowery will threaten death. However, the overall crossing time will not be changing here.

Community Board 3 unanimously approved the plans to move forward. Tentative goal for ground break is in late spring or early summer.

Do you think these updates will create a safer traffic environment for motorists, bikers, and pedestrians?

Recent Stories

Those Iconic Village Voice News Boxes Disappeared from the Streets

The Village Voice news boxes have seemingly disappeared from the city streets. So swift was the apparent removal, you may not have even noticed. The disappearance comes roughly two months after the weekly publication announced that its print edition would cease to exist. Indeed, the final physical issue ran on September 20, with Bob Dylan […]

‘RISE Coffee’ Unveils New Takeout Window at Dudley’s on Orchard Street

Nearly two years after its streetside debut beside the A. Turen boutique, RISE Coffee is expanding. The company just colonized a new takeout window south of the Delancey Divide. RISE Coffee, particularly the nitro cold brew, is now available from the window of Dudley’s Deli at 85 Orchard Street. Twin boards now flank the spot, […]

La Caverna on Rivington Street Proposes Expansion into 3-Level Nightclub

La Caverna on Rivington Street is eyeing an expansion on Rivington Street that would create a multilevel compound. The large office space at 124 Rivington Street – operational headquarters for the Bluecore e-commerce business since April 2015 – has been up for grabs for more than a year. For much of that time, the landlord […]

Revived ‘Lam Zhou’ Dumpling Mecca Opens on the Bowery

Chinatown dumpling darling Lam Zhou reopened this past Wednesday, returning to the ranks of the living with a much larger footprint. New headquarters is now at 40 Bowery, with a sign proclaiming that menu and ownership remains the same. The upgrade still preserves that no-frills setup, yet on a grander scale. Its long and narrow […]

10-Story ODA Condos Amidst Ascent on Chrystie Street

Ten stories of additional upper-crust glitz is on its way for the Chrystie Street midsection… Indeed, the ODA-designed condo at 165 Chrystie Street started its ascent last month, and is progressing upward quite quickly. As of now, the structure is sitting at over six stories. This sudden burst in activity follows more than a year […]