Delancey Street Begins Preparations for L-Train Shutdown

Posted on: November 6th, 2018 at 5:04 am by

Last week,the city announced the official start date for the apocalyptic L-Train Shutdown. Mark those calendars – April 27, 2019.

It’s gonna be (at least) a fifteen-month project to repair the Canarsie Tunnel flooded during Hurricane Sandy.

Keep in mind that Delancey Street is already a clusterfuck in anticipation of the work. The city began rolling out changes to the traffic pattern last month with the implementation of two-way protected bike lanes on the south side of the thoroughfare. Next is road markings for the dedicated bus lane to ferry displaced L-train straphangers over the bridge and through Little Italy.

(The temporary bus lanes will accommodate “inter-borough Select Bus Service.”)

These handbills from Department of Transportation are scattered around Delancey, explaining plans to install:

  • An offset westbound bus lane on Delancey Street from the Williamsburg Bridge to the Bowery
  • An eastbound bus lane on Delancey Street from Allen Street to the Williamsburg Bridge
  • Fare payment machines for temporary interborough Select Bus Service that operates during the L-train Shutdown

The most telling part of the notice, though, is the fine print at the bottom: “These projects are temporary to address the closure. Treatments that may potentially remain, if any, after the closure will undergo all appropriate reviews.” Given timetable for the project is fifteen months, but city dwellers aren’t so naive to buy that. These massive public works undertakings always have major cost and time overruns. Just look at the damn East Houston reconstruction.

Recent Stories

City Inaugurates 2-Way Delancey Street Bike Lane this Morning

The city will roll out the green carpet this morning. Implemented last month, the nascent two-way protected bike lane along the south side of Delancey Street is finally ready for its official inauguration. The Department of Transportation is holding a press conference this morning on the Lower East Side to celebrate this “safer route for bicycle […]

‘Sunshine Cinema’ Office Building Replacement Begins Marketing Push with New Renderings

The reincarnation of the former Sunshine Cinema takes a new leap forward this week. East End Capital and K Property Group purchased the Lower East Side theater last year for $31.5 million and are redeveloping the property into a 65,000 square-foot commercial tower. For the moment, it’s still standing, yet remains a magnet for feces and […]

CB3 Appears Receptive to BID Involvement in Liquor Licensing, Despite Vehement Community Opposition

Should local business improvement districts have a hand in the liquor license process? Last week, the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 heard a proposal by the Lower East Side Partnership that would see the business improvement district insert itself into the liquor license application process. Needless to say, the appearance on the agenda caused […]

City Finally Replaces Light Bulbs in Columbus Park After Months of Darkness

Something as simple as changing light bulbs got caught up in the city bureaucracy. Nevertheless, after an extended period plunged in darkness, Columbus Park in Chinatown is back under the lights. The city last week installed LED bulbs in a majority of the eighteen light poles dotting the park. This was the task, strangely, of […]

Staring into the Pit of Essex Crossing Site 3

Another major hole in the ground, soon to sprout luxury. Along Delancey Street. Work is at a feverish pace as excavation and foundation activity at Site 3 of Essex Crossing proceeds. Here’s an update from Delancey Street Associates’ weekly e-blast: Drilling is complete for the foundation work [at 202 Broome Street], except at tunnel locations. […]