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A truck rips fence outside railyard, creating a Sixth Avenue pedestrian hazard. The fence gets fixed the next morning.

Photo: Tuesday night
A flatbed truck carrying concrete pilings to the Vanderbilt Yard by way of the ramp on Sixth Avenue between Pacific Street and Atlantic Avenue did some serious damage to the adjacent fencing Tuesday night, posing a significant hazard to pedestrians, but the hazard was repaired by the next morning.

On Wednesday morning, a Prospect Heights resident sent an email informing representatives of the developer and the state that he'd observed that northbound truck, at 7:30 pm the night before, attempt to make a right turn down the ramp into the rail yard..

Because the truck wouldn't fit, the driver kept maneuvering the vehicle, which then got partly intertwined with fencing protecting the sidewalk from the railyard. In backing out, the truck ripped out the crossbar at the top of the fence and bent the vertical support bar next to the down ramp entrance.

The fencing, severely bent, was then sticking out into the sidewalk, which is the only one available to pedestrians, given that the other side is closed for construction of the B4 tower.
Photo: Tuesday night
The follow-up

Within two hours, he got a response from Christina Chao, who serves (among multiple roles) as the project's Community Liaison Officer.

She told him that it was caused by a truck operated by the PTJV (which, not explained, means Posillico Tully joint venture) working in the railyard: "The area has been protected, the fence in question has been repaired, and we are taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again."

About five hours after that, he got a similar response from Tobi Jaiyesimi of the Empire State Development's "Atlantic Yards Team." (As far as I know, Jaiyesimi is the project manager.)

Indeed, when I walked by late afternoon Wednesday, the hazard was gone and there was new fencing. That's responsive.

This was the first such incident, but the question going forward, as with other neighborhood incursions, is whether it will happen again. This project is a very tight fit (one of my mantras), so the margin for error is small.

Photo: Wednesday afternoon

Photo: Wednesday afternoon