Town Hall Tonight to Discuss Grand Street Traffic Bottleneck at Williamsburg Bridge Approach

Posted on: January 11th, 2018 at 5:02 am by

Midnight traffic on Grand Street, Photo: Matt Morello

Tonight, Lower East Side residents can vocalize their displeasure about the ongoing nightmare known as the Grand and Clinton Street traffic jam.

A Town Hall forum has been orchestrated by the Grand Street Democrats to raise awareness and solutions to City officials surrounding what’s becoming an increasingly dangerous quality-of-life issue for those living in the vicinity of the Williamsburg Bridge approach. Aka hell on wheels.

A laundry list of local politicians is expected to attend, including NYC DOT Manhattan Commissioner Luis Sanchez, Councilmember Margaret Chin, Councilmember Carlina Rivera, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, among others.

Will the DOT and city “use every tool at its disposal to improve the safety of our streets,” per its Vision Zero pledge? Given the rather anemic response to this issue, it seems unlikely. There was a traffic study conducted after the publication of a grassroots petition, but it did not yield much in the way of substantive changes on the ground.

“The DOT has to stop dragging its heels and start addressing the concerns of this neighborhood. Taking a ‘wait and see’ approach is not acceptable,” said Democratic District Leader Lee Berman, who is also a member of Community Board 3.

Tonight’s meeting is at 6:30pm at the Manny Cantor Center  (197 East Broadway). More info here.

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