Building upon improvements in September 2005, which was the green streets plan, the DOT has been requested to also study traffic at Gerritsen and Avenue U.
The Department of Transportation will be implementing these changes very quickly starting in September.
Here is what they want to do:
Gerritsen Avenue will now all be a single lane, with all left and right turn bays. They are going to extend the painted median from Avenue W (where it currently ends) all the way down to Gerritsen and Nostrand.
They will also be installing bike lanes on the North and South bound lanes on Gerritsen Avenue. The bike lanes will be eventually connected with other city bike lanes. DOT usually installs bike lanes to get rid of the excess roadway, and to induce slower traffic.
Avenue U has the largest amount of changes.
- Gerritsen Northbound at Avenue U (toward Nostrand) you will only be able to go straight and make a right no lefts onto Avenue U.
- Install left turn bay on Avenue U Westbound (going toward Kings Plaza).
- Install left turn bay on Gerritsen Southbouth (coming into beach, across from Engine 321).
- Install a painted pedestrian island on Gerritsen South of U. This would an area with you can stand in the middle of the street between chinar and that new liquor store.
This is all to improve pedestrian safety, traffic crashes, reduce delays and most importantly reduce speeding, because the study shows that most people go between 40-50 MPH on Gerritsen Avenue, when 30 is the limit.
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