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Southern Brooklyn civic leaders inexperienced mild DOT’s avenue security plan • Brooklyn Paper

Southern Brooklyn civic leaders have given the thumbs as much as the town’s plans to improve pedestrian security alongside one of many borough’s busiest bus routes.

Members of Group Board 18, which spans from Canarsie to Marine Park, voted to approve the Division of Transportation (DOT)’s five-year Capital Enchancment Challenge on Jan. 18, bringing the plan one step nearer to actuality.

The proposal would have an effect on streets and sidewalks alongside the B82-SBS route, which spans from East New York to Coney Island, by reconstructing present medians, whereas including landscaping, curb extensions and pedestrian avenue islands to calm visitors in areas with excessive foot visitors.

Below the proposal, the DOT would additionally widen the bus stops and add ADA accessible platforms for Brooklynites with disabilities.

Upgrades alongside Kings Freeway would add higher avenue drainage, renovated asphalt and on-street visitors markings from Ocean Avenue to Avenue Ok.

DOT discovered a number of sore spots alongside Kings Freeway together with broken medians and prolonged crosswalk, unsuitable for some avenue walkers.Photograph courtesy of NYC DOT.

Whereas explaining the plan to Group Board 18, Alexander Altskan, senior capital planner for DOT’s transit improvement, highlighted the necessity to enhance security for pedestrians.

“Each intervention and component is completed from that perspective. That is sort of DOT’s guiding objectives at this level,” Altskan mentioned on the group board assembly. “Automobiles do not want safety from pedestrians, it is the opposite method round.”

In keeping with Altskan, the DOT got here up with the bundle of street-design modifications by analyzing hotspots the place a excessive focus of visitors incidents happen—and particularly famous a excessive focus of occurrences alongside Kings Freeway, Flatlands Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Of their investigation the division discovered there have been non-ADA accessible bus stops, lengthy pedestrian crosswalks, lack of bus cease facilities and a few service roads and medians that had been in un-repaired states.

These sore spots have led to an affect of crashes, primarily of which embody walkers.

Crash reviews present CB18 alone had 960 crashes from Jan. 2022 to Jan. 2023. The realm from Ocean Avenue to Pennsylvania accounted for 790 of these incidents, six of which had been deadly. Final yr a crash at Avenue Ok and Kings Freeway claimed the lifetime of aa 17-year previous boy.

“DOT’s capital challenge will ship quicker and extra dependable commutes for 28,000 day by day bus riders whereas additionally including area for pedestrians and enhancing security alongside the route,” Vincent Barrone, first deputy press secretary for the DOT, instructed Brooklyn Paper. “We look ahead to ongoing discussions with the group earlier than starting development on this challenge later this yr.”

The division believes the bundle of proposals will take 5 years to finish, however assured native residents that the world wouldn’t be “torn up” throughout that point, and development would occur in smaller chunks in numerous phases.

They estimate it is a 5 yr challenge however say the world is not going to be “torn up” for all 5 years however as an alternative takes place in numerous phases.

“This stuff take time, we need to do it proper and do a top quality job,” he mentioned, including the division’s plan features a upkeep contract that will assure the road upgrades are stored up for the subsequent three years. “Which is new for DOT and sort of a giant factor as a result of you possibly can construct it and it will look good however in case you do not deal with it, it goes away.”

Now that Group Board 18, together with group boards 14 and 15, gave their approval for the challenge, the DOT will take their plans to the Public Design Fee (PDC) and start procuring contractors.

Following preliminary logistics, development is anticipated to start by late this yr and wrap up no later than 2028.

“It’s going to be tremendous vital for us and for DDC and for whoever the contractor is to speak to you [community board 18] and ensure we’re all on the identical web page,” Altskan mentioned.

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