DOT Finally Installed Mid-Block Crossing and Traffic Signal on Clinton Street

Posted on: July 19th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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By now, you’ve probably noticed the installation of a mid-block crosswalk on Clinton Street between Grand and East Broadway. The zebra and the accompanying traffic signal was a years-running battle for Seward Park locals eager to see safer streets on the proverbial doorstep.

Operational since several weeks ago, both the signal and crosswalk seem to sport heavy usage. And with good reason – two Seward Park Co-op buildings straddle the wide stretch of Clinton Street, and there is shopping on one side (strip retail).

Its official coronation with the requisite slate of politicians was yesterday afternoon, actually.

For years, locals have fought for these enhancements in order to stem the dangers from speeding northbound cars. Disgraced former Assemblyman Sheldon Silver helped lead the charge, and CB3 even requested the same in a resolution from January 2015. Its implementation is an about-face for the city agency, which continually denied a crossing here for many moons.

That DOT finally acquiesced is a shocker, having denied the motion as recently as April 2015, 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.

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Photo: State Sen. Daniel Squadron

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