Today’s Headlines

  • Researchers Link Car Exhaust Fumes to Heart Attacks (Guardian)
  • MTA Unveils $13.7M in Bronx Subway and Bus Upgrades (News)
  • Brodsky: Congestion Pricing Push Will Make Weiner Mayor (Politicker)
  • London Mayoral Hopefuls Tout Their Green Credentials (BBC via Planetizen)
  • Brodsky: Don’t Trust Us With the Pricing "Lock Box" (Politicker)
  • Former Bogota Mayor Penalosa in NYC to Stump for Pricing (WNYC)
  • In the State Senate, Arthritic, Wrinkly Fingers Cling to Power (NYT)
  • Oil Prices Rising, Heating With Wood Makes a Comeback (NYT)
  • Amtrak Will Now Conduct Random Bag Searches (News
  • Penn Station Pedestrian Improvement Campaign is Named (MTR)
  • The Worst Highway On-Ramp in New York City (Bklyn Paper)
  • Development Hysteria in Carroll Gardens (Gowanus Lounge)
  • Jonathan

    Here is the link to the BQE Interchange 27 blog, mentioned in the Bklyn Paper link above.

  • Jacob Lee

    “Cohn thinks the ramp should just be closed […] The state considered that option, but ruled it out. ‘There’s a hospital near there.'”

    Yikes. I guess they mean that the hospital needs access to the on-ramp, but it read as if the high accident rate was ok because of the conveniently located hospital.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    I read the piece in the Brooklyn Paper. I have enjoyed that on ramp for three or four decades. I think they ought to put it on the fucking drivers test.

    However, lost in that piece, despite its substantial length, is any of the remarkable history of that construction project. Not that every writer on NYC transportation should have to revisit the Robert Moses assault on our neighborhoods. Nonetheless, it is important to point out how anachronistic are the engineering regulations pertaining to the Interstate Highway system in dense urban areas. This on-ramp was the test case, show me a shorter one on the entire Interstate “system”.

    And, what is the solution proffered? Close the ramp (deny Brooklyn access to the road) or re-engineer it (tear down more of our neighborhoods and encourage more traffic)?

    The article did nothing to describe how the traffic laws are regularly flaunted around that curve. The speed limit is 40 MPH around that curve. When the cars are driving less than 40 it is pretty easy to make that entrance. When congestion is in play and speeds are more like 10 MPH it is a piece of cake.

    So, the safety of that entrance ramp is a simple function of the speed of the BQE traffic in the flow. I would prefer 30 be the limit but 40 is pretty good. 50 or 60 or 70, that are common when there is space in the race back to Jersey, makes that entrance much more problematic, even deadly.

    So in the end, the story is more about traffic regulation enforcement (virtually non-existant until the next crash) than it is about closing down the entrance ramp.

    Is a little simple enforcement, maybe some actual traffic calming out of the question? Slow down a little, build the road to slow people down. Its bad enough the Interstate traffic had to rip down our neighborhood to build the thing. Drive at a reasonable speed so maybe we can enter it without killing ourselves.