Long-Delayed Manhattan Bridge Traffic Safety Upgrades Nearly Complete

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 at 5:08 am by
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Let’s take a look at some of the safety upgrades underway on the Bowery at the mouth of the Manhattan Bridge. There is finally some progress to report.

Until earlier this spring, the multi-pronged safety plan had been stagnating, severely delayed by as much as six months. Even though the Department of Transportation already implemented the first component exactly one year ago – the span’s lower roadway is now inbound only (with the exception of emergencies) – the other changes promised for last fall were a long time coming.

Now we’re finally seeing some definitive change. Namely the pouring of new median islands along the Bowery. In fact, most of the sections are already complete and reopened to pedestrian flow. But there is still plenty of rubble around the area.

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And to recap – the plan includes several improvements such as curb extensions, median tip extensions, crossing signals, painted crosswalks, and pedestrian space.

  • New signal and crosswalk on the Manhattan Bridge off-ramp extension (aka “Bowery Slip”).
  • Triangular medians receive concrete extensions to shorten crossing times.
  • Motorists on the North Upper Roadway will no longer be able to turn left onto the westbound slip; that traffic will be funneled north onto Chrystie. Traffic signs to the effect are planned for installation on the Brooklyn side.
  • Two outbound lanes on Canal Street will connect with the Upper Roadway at all times.

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