The DOT Not Seeing the Light with Traffic Signals at Bowery and Delancey

Posted on: September 19th, 2014 at 6:00 am by
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The city spent loads of taxpayer dollars the last few years trying to remedy the traffic situation at the intersection of Bowery and Delancey/Kenmare. Road crews keep digging up pavement, repainting the lanes, and beautifying the medians. To no avail. The bigger issue continually shrugged aside is fixing the sequence timing of the signals here.

And now that the latest traffic configuration is in place, the Department of Transportation must address this.

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Yep, the agency spent the last week installing fresh traffic lights in the four-way junction. The new system includes a “signal phase” prototype for westbound drivers – the flashing yellow right-turn arrow as a yield to pedestrians. Those pedestrians crossing on the east side will also eventually have an eleven-second head start to navigate the crosswalk without being flattened.

We spent a good half-hour yesterday studying the modified traffic flow. That highly-regarded flashing yellow arrow only causes confusion since there isn’t proper messaging to motorists. Cars don’t turn since it’s not clear. Furthermore, the problem of the southbound left turn remains. Motorists have roughly seven seconds of a protected green light; then the through-light signal turns green, while the motorists continue while northbound cars try to push forward.

It’s a clusterfuck. The DOT should mirror the timing at the East Houston intersection (i.e. protected turn at the end of the cycle).

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