Saturday, November 29, 2014

As steel deliveries for arena green roof continue, an idling tractor-trailer on the sidewalk; 40 deliveries over five months?

Looking west along Dean Street from Sixth Avenue
The sidewalk on Dean Street between Flatbush and Sixth avenues has been taken over periodically for deliveries of steel for the Barclays Center's new green roof.

That was predicted in the most recent Construction Alert.

However, despite a promise that protocols for the trucks were supposed to include "vehicle idling restrictions," one tractor-trailer idled yesterday morning for more than 45 minutes, according to a report and video posted on Atlantic Yards Watch.

That's right across the street from several residences.

I queried Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing/shepherding the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project, about whether this apparently violation provoked a response or sanction, but didn't get a response.



Why no flagmen?

Also, despite a promise in the Construction Alert about flagmen promised to "be present to direct pedestrians away from the work area," none were present at the intersection of Sixth and Dean, where the video was shot.

Such apparent violations of construction protocols back up the continued skepticism expressed by the project's closest neighbors regarding the sufficiency of project oversight.

How many deliveries? How long?

A Construction Alert indicated deliveries of oversized loads during overnight hours, but when I asked Empire State Development for clarification, all I could get was the number and pattern.

There will be 40 deliveries during overnight hours Sunday through Thursday and potentially Friday.

For how many months? They didn't say.

However, in June, developer Forest City Ratner predicted about 40 truck deliveries over five months. That suggests deliveries through March.

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