Contractors with MFM began working on Flatbush around 10 pm and cut through the street. At 1 am, a backhoe began breaking through the street cut. However, no permit for the work was listed on the city's web site. A representative with 311 said that even though the permit was not listed on the city's website, the contractors may have received a special variance for the construction. Either way, this work was not listed in the most recent construction update, which is deceiving to residents.
During an overlapping period this morning, a major piece of Sam Schwartz's traffic mitigation plan was tested against weekday traffic for the first time, a job action disrupted construction work at the arena, and a lane of traffic on Atlantic Avenue was closed in order to conduct random radiation tests.
As the picture to the right shows, weekday drivers traveling northbound on 4th Avenue Monday discovered they can no longer continue on 4th Avenue between Atlantic and Flatbush. Instead they are now expected to turn left on Atlantic to 3rd Avenue where they can continue north, or turn right onto Pacific Street which is now one lane eastbound.
The traffic mitigations are being put in place at this time because traffic levels are lower than at other times of the year. The changes in traffic patterns, (actually implemented Saturday), are forced into being by temporary obstructions that will soon be turned into a permanent extended plaza on 4th Avenue between Atlantic and Flatbush, and a "neck-down" at Pacific and Flatbush.
Incident Report Saturday documents steel deliveries to Barclays Center that ignore ESDC's published truck regulations and appear to violate NYC law
The video above from Saturday shows a Barclays Center construction-related truck disobeying both NYC traffic laws and the ESDC's published truck rules on Pacific Street between 6th Avenue and Carlton. The truck crosses the 6th Avenue intersection while the north/south traffic on 6th Avenue has a green light, attaches a load waiting in the travel lane and then drives against traffic to block 1129.
This one truck trip is part of a series of steel deliveries on Saturday that were not consistent with either the Barclays Center Truck Rules and Requirements made public by the ESDC, or NYC traffic law.
Besides the type of violations shown in the video above, two incident reports filed on this website supported by video and photography state the trucks idled on Pacific Street for "hours." Driving against traffic, using a travel lane as a staging area without permission from DOT, and idling for more than 3 minutes are all against NYC law.
The Barclays Center truck rules require trucks to enter Pacific Street from Vanderbilt Avenue and wait on Pacific Street between Vanderbilt and Carlton until signaled by a flagger to advance. On Saturday no flagger was present at that intersection and the trucks entered against the traffic into Pacific Street from 6th Avenue.
Sat arena work: FCR workers turns non-designated Public St corner into potential dangerous staging area for iron beam deliveries
Ildling of trucks!
Saturday arena work: FCR construction workers turns non-designated Public Street corner into potential dangerous staging area for iron beam delivery + while trucks idle for hours + no flaggers
Neighborhood beatup - construction taking it's toll, traffic signage + lights being destroyed, both the week before & this week. Moving truck can't make turn, also steel delivery truck can't make turn see link 179 below:
311 Call Record of 2011-07-17 of other down signs.
C1-1-668230176 do not enter
C1-1-668230182 no standing
Dust in block 1129 from both the demolition of 603 Dean and transfer of dirt from the mound to trucks at Dean and Carlton
Building materials from the demolition of 603 Dean Street are being loaded into a dumpster without watering, causing dust to go into the air.
Dirt from the mound near Carlton and Dean is being transferred to trucks without watering.
Report filed by phone. It is from resident of Carlton Avenue between Pacific and Dean Streets.
A high pitched sound is coming from the railyard in block 1121. It is loud enough to hear at Bergen Street. Called 311 who said an inspector would be there within ten days. On 311's suggestion called Con Ed, (sound "sounds electric"). Con Ed said there are no outages and no problems nearby.
Water turned brown yesterday, (Wednesday), when shelter in block 1129 was taken down.
Erin Durkin in the Daily News has followed up on her article from earlier this month about illegal construction worker parking. She reports the police have issued 69 summonses in the last two weeks in the blocks around the site. She quotes a NYPD spokesman as saying the violations "run the gamut," of the type of violations this website has highlighted.
Regular visitors to Pacific Street or 6th Avenue will see a discernible difference with few cars parked on sidewalks or in violation of parking regulations. Illegal construction worker parking has largely been cleared away from those areas. Other areas such as inside the MPT zone on Atlantic Avenue continue to be used by construction workers. Illegal city employee parking, especially related to the 78th Precinct, also continues.
As part of what will be an ongoing initiative Atlantic Yards Watch will post a review of existing construction worker parking strategies in a few weeks.
Signs stating sections of Carlton Avenue and Pacific Street will be closed July 30-31 and August 6-7 from 8 am to 4 pm are incorrect; there will be no closures this weekend
(updated Thursday, July 28th)
Two signs were posted Wednesday giving notice Carlton Avenue will be closed between Pacific Street and Dean Street, and Pacific Street closed between 6th and Carlton Avenues July 30-31 and August 6-7 from 8 am to 4 pm. Both blocks are contiguous and linked to one temporary and two permanent street closures related to Atlantic Yards. For this reason, further temporary closures may be particularly inconvenient for project neighbors.
The new temporary closures were due to renovations on the Newswalk building, not Atlantic Yards. Apparently, the closures have been suspended for this upcoming weekend because the contractor failed to meet public notification requirements. When further information is available, it will be posted here.
After a month of violations the dirt mound at Dean Street and Carlton Avenue is finally "slimed" with green protective covering
Roughly a month after a mostly uncovered large mound of dirt appeared on block 1129, an incident report finally gave notice "the mound was "slimed" with green stuff." The green stuff is presumably a protective covering to inhibit dust.
Only a few days after the "sliming," the mound was gone. It did not appear again in another location, suggesting the contractor only covered the mound once its function was complete.
For a month community members (and apparently the ESDC) had attempted to get the contractor to cover the mound or move it.
The photographs submitted with the report show one portion of the mound still covered with plastic and another with a slightly unnatural green hue.
Early this month this site reported that improper custodianship of the mound appeared to violate numerous commitments in the Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments. Since that time, ESDC told this writer they continued to "reprimand" the contractor to ensure the dust pile is covered or wetted frequently, and that they requested an air monitor be placed near the pile to ensure air is not compromised. An air monitor was located near the pile at times. No neighbors of the pile have reported seeing wetting used, although the dirt is brought to block 1129 to be sifted and then shipped elsewhere on the site.