See below for the aftermath of another crash at Vanderbilt Avenue and Dean Street.
When I wrote about this phenomenon in February, police said that each of the crashes was caused by an identifiable factor, such as driver error.
Residents think otherwise, that the 16-foot green wall that extends into Vanderbilt Avenue to protect residents from construction noise has not only caused significant traffic jams but also continues to pose hazards.
As one resident pointed out in February, "the wall forces [southbound] cars into the turn lane in the center of the road, and then drivers must swerve back into the normal lane after passing through the intersection. if a driver is not paying attention, driving without a car in front, going too fast, or has driven through before the wall and has muscle memory of just driving straight through, they will drive directly into the guard bell, as all these other cars have done. The sooner the wall can be removed the better."
Perhaps this will be discussed at tonight's meeting of the 78th Precinct Community Council (7:30 pm at the 78th Precinct, at Bergen Street & Sixth Avenue).
Many crashes at Vanderbilt & Dean after @pacificparkbk fences erected. Here's the latest impact.#crashnotaccident pic.twitter.com/1i46ef4skG— Raul Rothblatt (@rauldougou) May 30, 2016
Yet another accident on Vanderbilt at Dean last night. From the information I have, it involved two vehicles. The accidents all seem pretty similar with the traffic median being hit by a southbound car. There is no visibility north of the giant construction fence on Vanderbilt for southbound vehicles. How often does that happen in NYC? It's the usual exchange with this project: special conditions for the developer and a higher degree of risk for the public. The fence is for the construction of a market rate condo building. Photo May 30, 2016. @nyc_dot @nycmayorsoffice #bciza #pacificparkbk @nypd78thpcc @hdr_inc @STVGroup @stantec @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report
Here is the view southbound traffic has of the travel lane and median on Vanderbilt. Nothing about the southbound route south of Dean Street is visible. In my view this is a factor in all these accidents. DOT and NYPD may attribute these accidents to "driver error" but the lack of visibility is a key factor that makes accidents at this location unacceptably more likely. @nypd78thpcc @nyc_dot @nycmayorsoffice @EmpireStateDev #bciza #pacificparkbk @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report @hdr_inc @STVGroup @stantec
Here's what the inside of the fence looks like. There is nothing there. Greenland Forest City finally moved the crane out of the way so maybe they'll reduce the fence? The areas carved out of Dean Street near B12 and 13 still haven't really been used. Amount of consultation with businesses on the block about needs before the fence approved and installed? Zero. It's the usual exchange of public risk for private profit. @nypd78thpcc @nyc_dot @fdny @EmpireStateDev #pacificparkbk #bciza @hdr_inc @STVGroup @stantec