DOT Tears Up the Bowery for ‘Upgrades’ in Traffic Configuration Near Delancey

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 at 6:02 am by

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Measurements and markings appeared on the Bowery last week; the DOT began ripping up the roadway on Monday. First on the docket is the median between Delancey and Spring Streets, jackhammered into submission and already showing signs of progress.

However, thanks to these new DOT upgrades, one block is now without an operational fire hydrant. And neighbors are concerned. We are told that city crews broke the hydrant last Thursday, and it’s been gushing water ever since. The remedy? Put a cone on top and forget about it.

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The roadwork is part of the DOT traffic safety initiative at this bottleneck intersection which aims to:

  • 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.

Will these changes ameliorate the issues, though?

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