Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pacific Street between Sixth and Carlton to become one-way westbound, as parking on north side removed for railyard work

There are changes planned for Pacific Street between Sixth and Carlton avenues perpendicular to the Atlantic Yards arena block, and they involve less parking, different traffic, and railyard work.

The first clue came in a report (below) from consultant STV, which works for Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing Atlantic Yards.

The report said that the Department of Transportation was considering eliminating street parking on Pacific while Forest City continues to upgrade the Long Island Rail Road's Vanderbilt Yard.

That plan apparently has been modified.

Changes coming next week

A neighborhood resident forwarded me an excerpt from a preview of two-week Atlantic Yards Construction Alert scheduled to be released on Monday.

Pacific Street, which now has cramped two-way traffic, especially on event nights, will go back to  westbound one-way traffic, thus making it easier to stage construction vehicles for the B2 tower on Pacific Street east of Vanderbilt Avenue, a demapped street adjacent to the arena parking lot.

For perhaps two years, all parking on north side of Pacific will be eliminated until construction is completed. This should cut down on the number of black cars and limos idling on the street. Still, Pacific Street will remain attractive to anyone seeking parking, including construction workers.

All trees on the north side will be removed for construction, but replanted when construction is finished. Construction is not expected to go overnight.


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