District Leaders Urge DOT Chair to Better Address Traffic Bottleneck at Grand and Clinton

Posted on: April 23rd, 2018 at 5:00 am by

The bottleneck blues continues at the junction of Grand and Clinton Streets.

Being a major access point to the Williamsburg Bridge from the FDR, this spot perennially attracts a line of cars that usually snakes eastward for blocks. The addition of Essex Crossing in the immediate vicinity (residential and commercial) doesn’t help matters, either.

Ongoing for years, this thorny issue (aka “cauldron of honking horns“) is constantly echoed by residents in the surrounding co-op buildings. It was even raised to Hizzoner during the mayoral town hall on the Lower East Side last summer. All that came of it, however, was the assignment of a traffic cop to keep order. Another town hall hosted by the Grand Street Democrats in January likewise did little to move the needed on the ground, so to speak.

The Department of Transportation and city do not seem to be using “every tool at its disposal to improve the safety of our streets,” per its Vision Zero pledge.

Three Democratic District leaders – Caroline Laskow, Lee Berman, and Daisy Paez – last Friday voiced concern about the problem, and sent a letter to DOT chair Polly Trottenberg urging action to relieve the bottleneck.

“We urge the Department of Buildings to release data, progress, conclusions, and recommendations from any traffic study at this intersection conducted in 2017 or that is underway,” the letter states. “And to commit to developing a comprehensive plan for community review that will route bridge traffic to wider streets with more capacity.”

Below is the letter in its entirety:

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