There is a Petition to Close Clinton Street Approach to the Williamsburg Bridge

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 at 5:13 am by

Midnight traffic on Grand Street, Photo: Matt Morello

When the decision was made by Department of Transportation to open a new entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge via Clinton Street a few years ago – it was in response to the tragic death of Dashane Santana on Delancey in 2012 – bottlenecks began instantly, and backed up to the FDR. It created a situation that locals described as a “cauldron of honking horns.” Despite the fact that there is alternative bridge access via Norfolk Street a couple blocks up.

The constant cacophony of honking has the neighborhood fed up. Specifically, those residents living in the Seward Park Co-op, who just yesterday, started an online petition demanding the closure of the Clinton Street approach. We are told that members of the Co-op board back the proposal.

Clinton Street is a wholly inappropriate approach to the Williamsburg Bridge. The street is narrow and parallels a bike lane. Traffic frequently enters into the bike lane when turning from Grand Street, and the pedestrian crossing at Grand and Clinton is extremely dangerous. The streets leading to the Clinton Street feed traverse an entirely residential neighborhood that is ill equipped to deal with the traffic volume and there is a significant impact on the quality of life. The exhaust and noise pollution generated by vehicles is intolerable and not appropriate for a residential neighborhood.

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