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Emergency caused by construction when the Carlton Avenue traffic light is knocked down again

UPDATE MARCH 26TH:  FCRC spokesman Joe DePlasco has told Atlantic Yards Report the security guard at the Pacific Avenue gate confirms a PC Richards truck was the "culprit" that knocked over the traffic light.  311 and 911 were notified.  Daidone Electric arrived at the scene at 8:15 AM to work on the light.  The traffic light was up and running by 10:15 AM.

However, while earlier 911 and 311 calls may have been made by the security guard or construction personnel and Daidone Electric may have been there earlier, when a resident arrived at 9:20 AM Daidone Electric was not there and no personnel were assisting the public in relation to the blocked intersection.  The resident called 911 at that time.  Emergency personnel arrived around 25 minutes later.  While operable now, the light was not up and running at 10:15.  It was not repaired until sometime afterward.

According to the PC Richards location nearby, the truck was not theirs.  AYW has also placed a call to the regional PC Richards distribution center to see if a truck associated with it knocked over the light.  The information will be useful as a step towards identifying what manuever the truck was attempting to execute that knocked over the light.  The goal is to have a functional and safe intersection that meets the demands the intersection must bear.

Pacific Street at the Carlton Avenue intersection is pinched by construction fencing, making it difficult if not impossible for many trucks to manuever in the vicinity of the intersection.  It is the temporary lack of room to manuever at that location because of the construction fencing that is the root cause of the regular accidents with the traffic light.

Construction apparently caused an emergency yesterday morning when a traffic signal at the Carlton Avenue and Pacific Street intersection was knocked down for the fourth time this year.  This time the knocked over light blocked Pacific Street and electric wires were exposed.  Because vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic wasn't routed away from the site, all used the same sidewalk to get around the problem.  The incident occurred only a few feet from the location of the work removing the mock-up of the Barclays Center facade announced with a Supplemental Construction Alert on Friday.  

The video above shows cars driving around the location of the downed traffic light as the work to remove the facade continues in the background (note the flashing light).   When a local resident first encountered the scene there were no flaggers guiding traffic.  In fact, although a guard was in a security booth nearby, only cones warned drivers of the problem.

Because electric wires were exposed and the street was blocked, the resident called 911.  Fire fighters from Dean Street's 105th Ladder Company apparently appeared 25 or more minutes later.  Several workers associated with Hunt then also came to the site and spoke to firefighters, but refused to identify themselves or talk to residents.  

No source of the problem was volunteered by Hunt or the firefighters.  An electrician working for the city who arrived around the same time as the fire fighters confirmed construction was the cause.  When asked if taxpayers or the construction firm would pay for the work to restore the light, he suggested it would likely be taxpayers.

The construction work to dismantle the Barclays Center mock-up entailed a crane and truck not in that location Friday.  One supposition is that either the crane or the truck knocked over the pole when attempting to enter the site Saturday morning.  At the location of the traffic signal Pacific Street is narrowed by construction.  Construction trucks driving illegally down Carlton Avenue have repeatedly knocked it over because there is not enough space for wide and/or long trucks to make a turn.

Movements of the truck associated with this same work also was the source of a dust complaint today in the staging area.  No air monitors were visible Saturday.




When a resident first encountered the scene no flagger was present and traffic was not routed away from the site of the problem.  Dismantling of the mock-up of the arena facade was continuing across the street and a security guard was in the booth in the background.  The resident called 911.



A bicycle rides around the light against the direction of traffic.



As the firemen from the 105th Ladder Company move the light off of Pacific Street, a construction employee videotapes.  



A crane to the left and a flatbed truck to the right facilitate the removal of the mock-up of the Barclays Center facade with its "B" for Barclays.  The truck or the crane may have been the cause of the knocked over traffic signal.


The truck stirs up dust as it begins its path across the staging area.  No misting took place on the exposed dirt on the staging area as is required.  No personnel were present to monitor the lot is moist enough to prevent dusting.

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