Clinton Street Bike Lane Still MIA Ten Days After DOT Repaving

The markings on Clinton Street between Grand Street and East Broadway haven't been repainted, and there's no temporary protection in place either.

Recently-repaved Clinton Street (top) is still waiting for DOT repaint markings for biking and walking (bottom). Top photo: David Meyer; bottom via Google Maps
Recently-repaved Clinton Street (top) is still waiting for DOT repaint markings for biking and walking (bottom). Top photo: David Meyer; bottom via Google Maps

Maintaining streets is one of NYC DOT’s core functions. But once fresh asphalt is down, the wait for new markings can drag on, and for streets in the bike network, that can mean the loss of protection for weeks at a time. On a block of Clinton Street on the Lower East Side, it’s now been 10 days since DOT repaved the street, and the two-way protected bike lane has yet to be restriped.

DOT began milling Clinton Street and East Broadway on the Lower East Side on November 30. Both streets were repaved by December 1, according to Noel Hidalgo. Ten days later, essential lane markings are still missing.

On East Broadway, DOT has only painted a new double-yellow center line. The painted bike lanes aren’t back in place yet.

DOT has repainted a centerline -- but no bike lanes -- on a recently repaved segment of East Broadway. Photo: Noel Hidalgo
DOT has repainted a centerline — but no bike lanes — on a recently repaved segment of East Broadway. Photo: Noel Hidalgo

There are no markings at all on the block of Clinton between East Broadway and Grand, which is supposed to have a two-way parking-protected bike lane along the western curb. The photos at the top of this post shows what Clinton Street looked like this afternoon and how it’s supposed to be marked.

The city recently increased DOT’s budget for street markings, which was supposed to help prevent situations like this. DOT seems to have no Plan B, however, when markings can’t be replaced promptly.

Thermoplast, the material DOT uses for crosswalks and bike lane markings, doesn’t adhere well to pavement in temperatures below 50 degrees, so striping in this weather might not be feasible.

If that’s the case, though, DOT could still put down some inexpensive temporary protection to recreate the missing bike lane. Contractors already do this using low-cost, high-visibility barriers, like at this construction site on Lafayette Street. Can’t DOT do the same?

Lafayette_temporary_lane
Image via Google Maps
  • walks bikes drives

    They could even paint it the way the put temporary markings down until they can permanently apply thermopast.

  • Mallory

    Same thing on Union St in Brooklyn – several WEEKS now after repaving and they still haven’t repainted the bike lane.

  • Vooch

    not enough graft in paint

  • Tooscrapps

    They ran out of barriers preventing terrorist attacks in Times Square.

  • AnoNYC

    I heard the next anti-terrorism initiative will be placing fences across train station walkways.

  • Joe R.

    Besides the failure to remark the bike lane, it looks like the usual shit repaving job—wavy pavement and paving non-flush with gas line and man hole covers.

  • AMH

    Pardon my ignorance, but what does DOT’s budget have to do with this? Do they not have enough money to mark every street that they repave? Do they have to wait until a new fiscal year? I’ve never understood why they can’t just schedule the markings the very next day–it seems like it’s all a scheduling/coordination issue.

  • Joe R.

    How about when they cut the street for repaving, then it stays like that for a month before they repave it? That’s ten times worse than no markings, particularly for cyclists.

    There’s lack of coordination in every aspect of street maintenance. That includes when ConEd always breaks up streets right after they’re repaved.

  • J. Geoff Rove

    I’d guess that when people go into the trades, there is a caste system of the highly skilled doing finished carpentry, crane operator, ceramic tiling, …etc. Asphalt spreader has to be way down the list.

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