DOT to Install ‘Directional Signage’ to Combat Congestion at Grand and Clinton Streets
Pressure from the community and elected officials is starting to pay off, it seems. Department of Transportation announced in a letter that it is addressing concerns about the traffic bottleneck at Grand and Clinton Streets.
As previously reported, several Democratic district leaders last month penned a letter to Commissioner Polly Trottenberg urging immediate action. Elected officials from the state and city level did the same in concert.
In its response letter, Trottenberg revealed that the city will implement new “directional signage” to better instruct motorists seeking access to the Willimsburg Bridge. Said signage – currently being manufactured – will appear in two curcial locations. Signs on the bridge approach will clarify the proper “lane assignments” to improve overall safety; exit signs on the FDR will urge motorists to use East Houston as the better alternative to the East River span.
“We believe these modifications will have an impact on reducing traffic congestion in this area,” Trottenberg said.
Installation of the road signs is expected in mid-June.
“The Grand and Clinton Streets corridor continues to be pummeled by traffic, and it’s critical that we implement concrete solutions – and fast,” said Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou. “Constituents continue to raise concerns about the gridlock in this area, and I look forward to reviewing the City’s traffic mitigation plan slated for public review in June. I thank DOT and NYPD for the implementation of interim steps to address the Clinton and Grand traffic gridlock, and I will continue to push for comprehensive solutions to this ongoing issue.”
“This community has long been calling for action to relieve the overcrowding at Clinton and Grand Streets, and I’m glad my colleagues and I were able to amplify their voices,” State Senator Brian Kavanagh said. “The DOT’s response and its recent actions are promising. I look forward to receiving a response from the NYPD and working with all stakeholders to finalize a long-term plan for the intersection this summer.”
Below is the DOT response letter: