Yesterday, after I posted some photos in "Pedestrian crosswalk unsafe for at least 4 months", I took photos from the ground too and was surprised with the police officers there, looking like it was a reaction to the photos an hour earlier. That was the first time ever I saw police directing traffic there outside of event hours. That is a good thing. But there are always unattended times.
The construction fencing on Carlton Avenue is pinching the street too much and creating an ongoing unsafe condition. Taller vehicles like trucks and buses cannot pass through the Avenue without hitting a tree. The tree is old and beautiful and should be preserved. The damage is both to the tree and the vehicles that pass.
The crosswalk on this intersection has been unsafe and continuously shared between cars, trucks, bikers , construction trucks and pedestrians. The authorities, DOB, or the developers did not even bother painting a new crosswalk in a more safe location, indicating where pedestrians should cross to stay safeand away from cars. Several times a day there are no workers helping and indicating the way.
On Monday morning contractors associated with Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park apparently hit a tree on Carlton Avenue. I was called by a Carlton Avenue resident who forwarded me the following text and the attached photographs. I am sure the resident will speak to someone in oversight if they wish.
2014-12-21 Temple of Restoration church double parks even in B65 bus stop
Temple of Restoration church double parks even in B65 bus stop creating more traffic impacts & congestion for residents.
Temple of Restoration
515 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
I don't know if the fire truck was on a call or not, but it had its lights flashing. It turned on its siren once it crossed Vanderbilt. The time of the filming was between 6:30 and 7:00 pm.
The video starts long after the fire truck was caught in traffic on Dean. The video starts roughly at mid-block. The traffic was likely backed up to the fire house more than a block away. All the same the truck takes 3 and 1/2 minutes to cross Vanderbilt Avenue.
No "Sidewalk Closed" signs on construction fence at Vanderbilt; pedestrians use closed crosswalk and bike lane on Vanderbilt
There are no "sidewalk closed" signs on the crosswalks across Dean and Vanderilt at the Dean/Vanderbilt intersection. I haven't checked the other intersections yet.
The closure seems anyway to count on pedestrians to behave themselves and not walk along the construction fence, which if experience is a guide, they will do. It is hard to fight natural pedestrian behavior. When the north side of Dean Street between Flatbush and 6th Avenue was closed to build the arena people simply walked along the construction fence.
The 311 complaint was forwarded to me by a resident of Fort Greene concerned about the unsafe condition they noted on Vanderbilt.
When filing the 311 complaint the filer described the condition as dangerous. The filer wrote to me that "My concern was the dangerous condition they've created on Vanderbilt, usurping walkway and one lane of traffic, leaving only the bike path flanked by the big wall. There's no room for bikes, no room for pedestrians and there were no signs last week. Maybe they've put some up since."
The "no trucks except local deliveries" sign that is supposed to ban trucks traveling east on Dean Street past Sixth Avenue has been twisted so that it appears to refer to northbound Sixth Avenue instead. The sign is on the northeast side of the intersection.
Photos are attached
Fire trucks exiting the fires station on Dean Street do not have any routes to emergencies using the legal direction of traffic which are not impeded by construction closures. Even some of the routes against traffic are now impeded. In fact, four of five routes out of the fire station are now impeded by construction.