After Years of Fighting, DOT will Install Mid-Block Crossing and Traffic Signal on Clinton Street
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Pedestrian prayers have been answered.
Next spring, the Department of Transportation will officially install a mid-block crosswalk and traffic signal on Clinton Street, between Grand and East Broadway. With Fine Fare and two Seward Park Co-op buildings straddling the street, the wide stretch of pavement sees plenty of jaywalking. Especially kids and elders.
For years, locals have fought for a mid-block crossing and signal at this location to stem the dangers. Disgraced former Assemblyman Sheldon Silver helped lead the charge, and CB3 even requested the same in a resolution from January 2015. This implementation is an about-face for the city agency, which has denied a crossing here for years.
That DOT finally acquiesced is a shocker, having denied the motion as recently as last April, telling the Transportation subcommittee of CB3 that traffic patterns here didn’t warrant such action (i.e. not enough cars and pedestrian flow). However, the pitch gained momentum earlier this fall when Clinton Street received a tune-up as part of the “South Street Greenway” project, which creates a direct connection (for cyclists) from the South Street waterfront to the Williamsburg Bridge.
In fact, neighborhood activists interrupted celebrations of the 1,000th mile of bike lane on Clinton this September to air grievances about no mid-block crossing.
“DOT is pleased to work with the community on improvements that can make its neighborhood safer and more livable, and we thank the seniors and families of Seward Park Co-op for engaging with us,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.