The notice stated that these changes may be followed by a full closure and, indeed, that's the plan. In anticipation of arena construction, on or around February 1, the city plans to close those two streets, as well as Pacific between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues (bordering a block that would be used for interim surface parking).
Will traffic adjust? Already the changes have caused congestion, especially on busy days. Expect a lot more traffic on Sixth Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and Pacific Street, which will become two-way.
(Here's Tracy Collins's slideshow of current conditions.)
The new map
The official notice
Closure of Sections of Fifth Avenue and Pacific Street
Beginning on or around February 1, 2010
It is anticipated that beginning on or around Monday, February 1, 2010, the following streets in Brooklyn will be permanently closed:
• Fifth Avenue (between Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues)
• Pacific Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
• Pacific Street (between Vanderbilt and Carlton Avenues)
Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained as needed.
These streets are being closed to accommodate the Atlantic Yards project. Northbound traffic on Fifth Avenue can use Flatbush Avenue or Sixth Avenue to continue north; southbound traffic can use Sixth Avenue. Eastbound traffic on Pacific Street can use Dean Street; westbound traffic can use Bergen Street.
To facilitate vehicle circulation, Sixth Avenue (between Flatbush Avenue and Pacific Street) and the block of Carlton Avenue (between Dean and Pacific Streets) will become two-way.
These changes necessitate the removal of the Cobble Hill-bound B63 bus stop on Fifth Avenue, between Pacific Street and Atlantic Avenue. Passengers can use existing bus stops on Fifth Avenue (at Bergen Street) and on Atlantic Avenue (at Fourth Avenue).
Advisory signs will be posted in advance of the closures and detour signs will be posted during the work. Traffic agents will be assigned to facilitate the flow of traffic and pedestrians.
Questions relating to this project may be addressed to:
Atlantic Yards Community Liaison Office
Empire State Development Corporation
Office of the Atlantic Yards Ombudsman