Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Near the AY footprint, in the later part of the morning rush hour, traffic stacks up on Dean and Bergen streets (video)

Yesterday, at about 9:15 am and thus in the later part of rush hour, I took a walk to the blocks just below the Atlantic Yards footprint.

At the corner of Carlton Avenue and Dean Street, there was a lot of traffic stacked up, mainly on Dean going east.

The cause? I'd blame the closure of the Carlton Avenue Bridge (for another two years or so) and the permanent closure of two blocks of Pacific Street have channeled traffic to adjacent streets.

In the first video, there was even some gridlock at Carlton and Dean.

I walked west on Dean to Sixth Avenue along the sidewalk--which narrows noticeably as it approaches the arena block--wondering about the impact of a couple of thousand people walking along that same route to and from the interim surface parking in the block bounded by Carlton Avenue, Vanderbilt Avenue, Dean Street, and Pacific Street.

Answer: it'll be very crowded. People will be walking in the street.



To Bergen Street

I then walked down Sixth Avenue to Bergen Street and filmed for a while at the corner of Bergen and Sixth, where the traffic had stacked up going west on Bergen.

There was a guy counting traffic at Bergen and Sixth who told me he was working "for the city." There's definitely some data to gather.

I continued walking along Bergen east to Carlton. The traffic diminished somewhat, but there were still delays.



And it wasn't even the heart of rush hour.

It's going to be an interesting ride.

1 comment:

  1. I ride my bicycle on these streets everyday. The congestion used to limited to Flatbush and Atlantic pretty much. Now, all of the streets in the area get congested. Vanderbilt was never so bad, Dean, Bergen, 6th Avenue and South Portland. Its all a mess.

    Can't wait for all the new parking and vehicles to come!

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