CB3 Approves Traffic Reversal on Broome Street Because Essex Crossing

Posted on: February 10th, 2016 at 5:16 am by
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With the four sites of Phase I in full gear, Essex Crossing is wreaking havoc on the streets cross-crossing the development area. Traffic has markedly worsened in the area directly feeding the Williamsburg Bridge, where big rigs bottleneck the streets with deliveries on the regular.

Residents aren’t too thrilled, especially with regard to constant queuing and idling by these truckers.

Well, the Lower East Side Partnership (nee BID), in tandem with the developers at Delancey Street Associates, proposed a solution to mitigate the adverse neighborhood impact. And Community Board 3 is in step. The crux of the proposal is to reverse the flow of traffic on Broome Street (i.e. make traffic flow east) between Norfolk and Clinton, effectively reducing congestion emanating from Site 6.

As it stands, the trucks must enter the job site via right-turn from Clinton onto Broome. Due to the size of the vehicles and the limiting turn radius, this maneuver is difficult to negotiate without causing a jam that backs up Grand Street. So, by switching Broome Street to eastbound, drivers could instead access Site 6 via right-turn from Grand to Norfolk. (See map.)

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Other components of the plan include new staging areas, removing alternate side parking on Broome Street (between Clinton and Pitt) and Norfolk Street (between Broome and Grand), and the removal of one eastbound lane on Delancey (pedestrian walkway will be added in springtime).

CB3 was on board, and the Transportation subcommittee gave it unanimous approval last night.

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