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

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

bowery-median-dot

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.

bowery-leaky-hydrant

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?

bowery-median-change

Recent Stories

2nd-avenue-medical_wm
Report: 2 Bodies Uncovered in Wreckage of 2nd Avenue Explosion Site [UPDATED]

Rescue workers operating in the Second Avenue explosion site uncovered two bodies in the wreckage this afternoon, according to a report in the New York Times and New York Post. Two people were missing (and feared dead) after a gas-related explosion detonated in the Sushi Park restaurant at 121 Second Avenue – Nicholas Figueroa, 23, and Moises Ismael […]

Photo: FDNY
Here’s How You Can Help Victims of the 2nd Avenue Explosion [UPDATED]

Thursday’s gas explosion on Second Avenue that resulted in the decimation of three East Village tenements is a tragedy that hits home. Fellow New Yorkers are banding together to assist during this crisis period. With a little help from DNAinfo, here’s how you can help those affected by the disaster. Pass it along, and drop us a line to let us know of […]

2nd-avenue-selfies
Selfie Stick Makes Obnoxious Appearance at 2nd Avenue Explosion Site

This photo is sickening and appalling, but not too surprising. A bunch of girls taking a selfie outside the tragic blast site on 2nd Avenue. Two people are still reported missing and feared dead and dozens of residents are without homes, but at least this gaggle can share the memory on Instagram.

Photo: Conway Liao
‘Sopranos’ Star Drea de Matteo Lost Her Apartment in 2nd Avenue Explosion

Until yesterday afternoon, Sopranos star Drea de Matteo owned a unit in the tenement at 123 Second Avenue. This address and two of its neighbors both collapsed into a pile of rubble due to the explosion in Sushi Park next door at 121 Second Avenue. It was a 7-alarm blaze. According to reports, de Matteo maintained […]

hanksy-preview-1_wm
Prelude to Hanksy’s ‘Best of the Worst’ on Delancey Street

Hanksy and friends are almost finished transforming the spartan bank space at 104 Delancey into another funhouse for the “Best of the Worst” show. You wouldn’t even know that a Chase branch once operated in this spot. The whitebox nature of the space is redesigned, albeit temporarily. Promising to deliver a vibe akin to the […]