DOT Begins Installation of 2-Way Protected Bike Lane on Clinton Street

Posted on: September 1st, 2015 at 5:18 am by
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The Department of Transportation finally recognized some of the safety concerns along the waterfront, and just embarked on its “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.

Clinton Street is to see the biggest overhaul, with the first real palpable updates implemented in the last couple weeks. Namely, the new two-way protected bike lane that now connects the South Street waterfront to the Williamsburg Bridge. Crime scene tape currently ropes off the west side of the roadway with the first evidence of pavement markings.

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Other components of the plan include:

  • Changing the parking configuration on Clinton Street between Cherry and Henry from parallel to angled.
  • Improving pedestrian crossings. For example, installation of a “neckdown” sidewalk extension at Henry Street.
  • Installing 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.

All are what the city refers to as traffic calming measures that help reduce overall speeds, increasing safety.

Still no sign of a mid-block crossing just below Grand Street, though. That controversial request, while certainly demanded by locals, is a political hot potato that’s still being passed around…

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