Thursday, November 19, 2015

Atlantic Avenue crane will finally be removed, starting Friday overnight; road constricted through 10 am Saturday

A Community Notice (below) circulated yesterday by Pacific Park Brooklyn indicated that Atlantic Avenue outside the Barclays Center will be narrowed starting "overnight hours" Friday (unspecified_ through 10 am Saturday to accommodate the belated (see below) disassembly and removal of the crane used to work on the arena's green roof.

Thus, both crosswalks across Atlantic Avenue at Fort Greene Place (from the Atlantic Terminal Mall to the plaza in front of the Barclays Center), will be closed, and both eastbound and westbound lanes on Atlantic Avenue will be narrowed, likely triggering vehicle delays.

The eastbound B45 bus stop at the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues will be temporarily closed, with passengers for that bus advised to either walk 1,500 feet east to Atlantic Avenue and Cumberland Street or take the eastbound B65 bus on Dean Street at  Fifth Avenue.

Traffic Enforcement Agents will be provided to assist with vehicular and pedestrian movements. Variable Message Signs will be in place to alert drivers.

The previous timetable

Note that, as announced in June 2014, the crane was supposed to be up for exactly three months, from August through October 2014, as shown in the tentative timeline (below_ circulated at the time.

Instead, it was up for 13 months, having been installed in late October 2014. A month later, when Kenneth Adams of Empire State Development lamented Atlantic Avenue congestion, he was told by his agency's point man on Atlantic Yards that the crane would be up through May 2015.

That was six months off. In October, a Construction Update said it would be disassembled on October 24, subject to permits. That didn't happen, either.

Forest City Ratner last month explained that, even without the crane, Atlantic Avenue will be constricted through late 2017. I found the explanation dubious that only in June 2014 did they realize the work would proceed differently than announced weeks earlier.

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