It’s Time to End the ‘Cauldron of Honking Horns’ at Clinton and Grand Streets [Guest Post]

Posted on: April 27th, 2017 at 9:34 am by

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The following guest post was written by Matt Marello, a resident of the Seward Park Co-op, who is fed up with the ongoing traffic bottleneck at Grand and Clinton Streets.

There once was a quiet, peaceful neighborhood on the Lower East Side, where birds sang, children played, and the elderly could cross the street without being slaughtered by angry, frustrated drivers. But no more.

When the decision was made by the DOT to open a new entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge at Clinton Street a few years ago, a once near idyllic neighborhood became a seething cauldron of honking horns at rush hour and into the wee hours of the weekend nights. Attempts were made by the DOT to “calm” the traffic over the years, which did nothing of the sort.

Midnight traffic on Grand Street, Photo: Matt Morello

Midnight traffic on Grand Street, Photo: Matt Marello

Grand Street was reduced from two lanes to one from the FDR to Clinton street. A mid-block traffic signal was installed on Clinton between Grand and East Broadway to give the locals a fighting chance to cross the street. A two-way bike lane was created on Clinton Street from the bridge to the river in the hopes of encouraging the hundreds of thousands of commuters that pour into our city each day to get out of their cars and use alternative means of travel.

But these efforts have all been in vain. Just last week a pedestrian was struck and seriously injured while crossing Clinton Street at Henry. Last month, an elderly gentleman was struck and killed on Grand Street (near Columbia Street) by an SUV rushing to get to wherever. And the situation will only continue to worsen with the ongoing construction of Essex Crossing.

This madness needs to end now.

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