Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The danger at Vanderbllt/Dean, Part 1: traffic backups and poor visibility

Also see Part 2, regarding a potential contributing factor in crashes.

Dean Street, from 12/8/14 video
The "ginormous," "incredibly obnoxious" (to quote Forest City Ratner CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin) 16-foot green wall that extends into Dean Street, Vanderbilt Avenue, and Carlton Avenue to protect residents from construction noise has not only caused significant traffic jams but also continues to pose hazards.

That's an argument for taking additional steps beyond an effort last year to add transparency at the corner of Dean and Vanderbilt, outside the construction site for the 550 Vanderbilt condo tower.

Remember, in late March, more than three months after the wall went up, the Pacific Park Brooklyn developers announced that, after consultation with the Fire Department of the City of New York, they'd add plexiglas windows for drivers going south on Vanderbilt and east on Dean.

However that's helped, it's not enough.

Consider how a construction truck last Thursday Saturday at the intersection both snagged traffic and increased hazards, as shown in the Instagram photos below.

Remember, thought the wall was imposed by the state authority overseeing/shepherding the project, State Development, the wall and its impacts were never disclosed in any public review. Another way, of course, to avoid the noise that prompted the wall would have been be to decrease the size of the project. But that was off the table.

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