Why Is DOT Reorganizing Park Slope Traffic? Because.

Last Wednesday we learned about the Department of Transportation’s plan for a major reorganization of traffic flow through Park Slope, Brooklyn. In Streetsblog’s comments section, Andy Wiley-Schwartz of Project for Public Spaces asked: What problems are DOT’s traffic engineers trying to solve with this particular set of solutions? Or, to put it another way: What triggered this initiative? Why now? I put the question to DOT and here is what the press office came back with:

"This idea has been considered for years and since Sixth Avenue was repaved last year and we have not yet installed permanent markings, this seems like a good time to make these changes."

  • rhubarbpie

    That’s quite an answer. Or a non-answer. And these folks wonder why the DOT doesn’t get any respect?

  • P

    Gotta spend that money before the end of the fiscal year?

  • “This idea has been considered for years”
    Probably been considered since the 1950s, when the only goal of traffic engineering was moving more cars and no one cared about pedestrians or the quality of life in neighborhoods.

  • Wait? What? Still a month from April Fools so…

  • galvoguy

    Atlantic yards access roads

  • Eric

    Maybe they’ll be entrance and exit ramps for the rehabilitated Robert Moses’ revived cross-Greenwich Village expressway, which will ably zip Nets fans from New Jersey back and forth to games while allowing them to avoid any contact with “neighborhood” people.

  • Actually, it seems like a good time to paint the fricking permanent markings on 6th Avenue.

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