New 2-Way Protected Bike Lane for Clinton Street, Plus Other Traffic Changes Coming Soon

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 at 5:10 am by
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Some major traffic changes are coming soon to the lower third of Clinton Street.

This stretch of roadway is often considered by locals to be little more than an off-ramp from the FDR. The Department of Transportation finally recognized some of the safety concerns, and will soon embark on its overall “South Street Greenway” project. As previously reported, the overall plan – approved by Community Board 3 in April – is to “normalize” the street geometry in the immediate vicinity. In other words, a change to the whole traffic dynamic in the area.

Implementation is imminent, albeit in phases. We can expect the following updates in the coming weeks…

  • Two-way protected bike lane will be painted on the west side of Clinton Street between South and Grand Streets. This connection will allow cyclists from the waterfront to more easily link up to the Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Current parking configuration on Clinton Street between Cherry and Henry will be changed from parallel to angled.
  • Improving pedestrian crossings. For example, installation of a “neckdown” sidewalk extension at Henry Street.
  • A new six-inch concrete median along South Street (between Rutgers Slip and Montgomery) to protect cyclists, a narrowed travel lane for motorists, and dedicated parking lane to collectively calm traffic. The new median would also serve as a canvas of sorts for some future art installation.
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