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.

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