Wednesday, June 02, 2010

A fire truck barrels west along Dean Street against traffic; won't the potential for conflict increase?

Fire trucks leaving the firehouse on Dean Street east of Sixth Avenue frequently drive west, against the traffic on the one-way street. Sometimes they go only a short distance to Sixth Avenue, and turn.

Other times, as in this case (filmed at about 9:15 am on June 1), they go all the way to Flatbush Avenue, along Dean, at the southern flank of the arena block, causing cars to scurry to the curb. The blue fencing begins outside the site of Freddy's Bar & Backroom.

(That's Peter Krashes of the Dean Street Block Association in the video, encouraging documentation.)



Potential for traffic conflict?

As demolition and construction increase at the site--not to mention traffic for an arena--wouldn't the potential for traffic conflict increase?

But that's not what the Empire State Development Corporation's Final Environmental Impact Statement says, in Chapter 5, Community Facilities:
Similar to NYPD operations, FDNY response times are not expected to be significantly affected by the closing of local streets or increased traffic as the project site is accessible by three of the borough’s major thoroughfares and service to surrounding areas is from FDNY facilities that have a broad geographic distribution.
Along the same lines, Chapter 17, Construction, states:
The firehouse is located across the street from Block 1128 at 494 Dean Street and the police station is located at 65 6th Avenue at the corner of Bergen Street. While construction of the proposed project would result in temporary increases in noise and traffic during the construction period, access to and from these facilities would not be affected during the construction period.

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