Tuesday, May 24, 2011

ESDC issues Community Notice re traffic changes coming July 15; Community Forum June 14; presentation now online

Following up on last Thursday's Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meeting, the Empire State Development Corporation has issued an official Community Notice regarding traffic changes beginning on or around July 15, and a public meeting on June 14, as well as the presentation prepared for the meeting.

Notably, while I and others have emphasized one impact of the closure of Fourth Avenue northbound between Atlantic and Flatbush avenues--the odd right turn on Pacific Street to go east to Flatbush, and then left to go north--the presentation indicates that most drivers heading toward the Manhattan Bridge would instead go left on Atlantic and right on Third Avenue to reach Flatbush.

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The changes were prepared by Sam Schwartz Engineering, Forest City Ratner's contractor, and ratified by city and state agencies.

The Community Notice

The notice:
As part of the transportation improvements related to the Atlantic Yards project, beginning on or around July 15, 2011, the following permanent changes will be made to the roadway network:

Fourth Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue only) will be converted to one-way southbound to improve traffic flow at the Flatbush Avenue/Atlantic Avenue/Fourth Avenue intersection. Pacific Street (between Fourth Avenue and Flatbush Avenue only) will be reversed, changing from one-way westbound to one-way eastbound. To accommodate this change, a new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue, as will a new crosswalk across Flatbush Avenue. Vehicles will be able to make right or left turns onto Flatbush Avenue at this location. This block can be accessed from both northbound and southbound Fourth Avenue.

Fourth Avenue northbound traffic, including all commercial vehicles, can use Third Avenue via Atlantic Avenue to access Flatbush Avenue. Pacific Street will offer secondary access to Flatbush Avenue. No through truck traffic will be permitted on Pacific Street.
Community Forum June 14

The notice also states:
The public is invited to a forum sponsored by Empire State Development and Community Boards 2, 6 and 8 to discuss the above traffic changes. The forum will take place on Tuesday, June 14 at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon St) in the courtroom from 6:30pm until 8:00pm.

There will be a presentation detailing the changes and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Animation describing traffic plan

The Community Notice
AY Community Notice 52311

The presentation, from Sam Schwartz Engineering
Arena Traffic Mitigation Plan 52311

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