DOT Proposes Traffic Updates to Relieve Congestion at Clinton and Grand

Posted on: September 10th, 2013 at 6:10 am by
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Three months ago, Community Board 3 officially asked the city to address traffic concerns at the intersection of Clinton and Grand Streets. The pattern changed to the current bottleneck in response to the death of Dashane Santana in January 2012. Clinton is now one-way northbound and has bridge access; there’s also a protected two-way bike lane.

In response to local outcry predominantly from the nearby co-ops, the DOT addressed neighbors’ concerns and will present the following remedies at the CB3 Transportation subcommittee meeting later tonight. All options are currently under investigation by the city agency.

  • Lengthening the green light signal time for motorists on northbound Clinton Street to enter the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Many seem to forget the bridge is accessible via Norfolk Street. Add a second westbound lane on Grand between Pitt and Clinton to bypass the right-turn queue (i.e. bottleneck) and access Norfolk.
  • Installation of guide signage along Grand to alert motorists of alternate routes to the bridge.
  • Installation of guide signage on the FDR to alert motorists of the alternate bridge entrance via East Houston.

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