DOT Begins its Reconfiguration of Division Street at the Bowery

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 at 5:18 am by
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The complex western terminus of Division Street is undergoing a metamorphosis, as expected. Six months after the Pedestrian Projects Group netted blessings from Community Board 3, the Department of Transportation just began rollout of its plan to reconfigure the lengthy block between Market Street and the Bowery. Indeed, last week saw the arrival of a new pedestrian plaza on the backside of Confucious Plaza. The paint job is also joined by flexible bollards on the perimeter.

The expanded curb eliminated the double-wide nature of the parking lane on the north side of Division Street. The space was reconfigured to allow the 2,900 square-feet of pedestrian space, and parallel parking. Confucious Plaza is maintenance partner for the area. The hope is that double- and triple-parking will now be discouraged (probably not).

Before the implementation, this designated truck route was (and remains) clogged with two-way traffic, illegally parked casino buses, commuter vans (3 spots), pedestrians, Citi Bikes, etc.

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Other components of the proposal include the following…

  • Meter parking times will be reduced.
  • Concrete neckdown construction where Catherine Street intersects to increse pedestrian space and improve the sidewalk.
  • Northbound Bowery fans into three lanes at this spot. Proposal is to expand the curb with flexible bollards (i.e. “Channelization”) to eliminate the third lane right at the intersection. This will reportedly calm traffic and prevent merging congestion onto the Bowery. Two thru lanes will remain untouched.

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