Nov. 21, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez
Have an idea on how to improve North Brooklyn’s streets and sidewalks? Make them heard—for a final time—before the Department of Transportation releases the results of its transportation study for the area.
The office of Councilmember Stephen Levin has called on the community to submit their transportation suggestions and feedback once more through an online portal. This is the last opportunity for the public to weigh in before the DOT goes live with the results of a study that takes a look at Brooklyn’s Community Board 1.
The study, which kicked off in June 2016 with public meetings and a web portal, aims to analyze traffic and transportation in neighborhoods like Greenpoint and Williamsburg and present a plan that would cut congestion and increase safety in the area.
A transportation study has long been called for, especially given North Brooklyn’s issues with heavy truck presence, a large number of waste transfer stations, and an ever growing population.
Areas the study will explore include demographics, land use, traffic, pedestrians and cyclists, public transportation, and truck movement.
“Residents have been asking for this kind of study for years,” Levin said in a 2016 statement. “This neighborhood has changed in recent years and our approach to congestion and mobility needs to evolve with it for us to meet the needs of everyone in the community.”
Over 400 comments and concerns from community residents have been collected since the study was released, ranging from off-route trucks, traffic congestion and pedestrian safety issues, a spokesperson for the DOT said.
Levin is encouraging more feedback, no matter how out-of-the-box, until about the end of the month, a spokesperson for his office said.
Transportation studies in other neighborhoods have led to changes like improved crosswalks, decreasing the width of car lanes, extending sidewalks and curbs, and planting trees to improve air quality and the urban landscape.
The DOT will present their recommendations and future conditions in early 2018, a spokesperson for the agency said.