Saturday, August 16, 2014

Blocking Atlantic Avenue lanes for construction work next to arena (and VIP entrance): photos

From plan detailed in early June; click to enlarge
A reader sent me photos yesterday of Atlantic Avenue being significantly narrowed near the Barclays Center to accommodate construction (drilling) of a new West Portal from the Vanderbilt Yard and a new green roof (cranes) on the Barclays Center.

This work has been previously announced, but ramped up significantly yesterday.

It will clearly impact drop-offs at the arena, notably the VIP entrance on Atlantic Avenue, as well as buses that bring large groups such as schoolchildren.

In June, Forest City Ratner spokeswoman Ashley Cotton said the arena will issue new rules and guidelines regarding the constricted space to walk from the arena or to drop off people on Atlantic Avenue. She acknowledged it's "clearly not ideal." (See full plan at bottom.)

Photos: August 15, 2014

Blocking off Atlantic Avenue lanes eastbound from Fort Greene Place to South Portland Avenue/Sixth Avenue, looking east:

A view of the same blockage, looking west:

Looking east from South Portland Avenue/Sixth Avenue to South Oxford Street:

Work on the B4 site, add blacktop below-grade (for reasons not yet explained publicly, as far as I know):

Work at railyard at Pacific Street just east of Sixth Avenue:

Another view of the same work:

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