Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Atlantic Yards Watch identifies narrower traffic capacity on Sixth Avenue, points to bottleneck for vehicles and pedestrians

Here the news from the latest Atlantic Yards Watch posting, 6th Avenue to have fewer travel lanes than analyzed in the 2006 environmental impact statement:
  • Sixth Avenue was supposed to have four lanes, but now would have three from Atlantic to Pacific and two from Pacific to Flatbush
  • Given increased traffic circulation, congestion "may" be increased (I'd say likely)
  • It's unclear if the change is permanent, because future mitigations may be imposed
  • The state analysis overstated the effective width of the narrow sidewalks on Sixth Avenue south of Dean Street
  • To create additional travel lanes, the sidewalks would have to be narrowed further
  • The sidewalks likely will be heavily used as a route to the arena from Flatbush Avenue and the Bergen Street 2/3 station
My analysis: residents of those blocks will bear the brunt of increased vehicles and pedestrians--and it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to accommodate both.


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