R.I.P. for bridge left turns

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The city is expected to announce the permanency of changes meant to tame a menacing intersection near the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Last June, the Department of Transportation (DOT) initiated a six-month pilot project at Tillary and Adams Streets, notorious as one of the borough’s most dangerous crossings.

In an attempt to give pedestrians and cyclists more time to cross, the agency eliminated two left turns: one from northbound Adams to westbound Tillary, and the other turn from eastbound Tillary to the Brooklyn Bridge. Other changes included modified signal timing and the reallocation of travel lanes.

Drivers have certainly grown familiar with the changes. If a vehicle needs to go west on Adams, the turn must be made on Joralemon Street–otherwise an unintended jaunt to Manhattan can result.

Robert Perris, the district manager of Community Board 2 and a member of the stakeholders group formed to monitor the impact of the changes, said DOT officials are satisfied with the six-plus month trial period.

“DOT is pleased with the results and would like to institute the changes permanently,” he said.

At press time, the DOT did not return a call for comment.   

DOT officials will meet with the Transportation Committee of Community Board 2 on Dec. 16 at St. Francis College at 6 p.m.

Paul Steely White, the executive director of Transportation Alternatives, a pedestrian and cyclist advocacy group, praised the changes.

“We are wholeheartedly in favor of the improvemen­ts,” he said.

He said his group has “become increasingly confident in DOT’s ability to improve safety on New York City streets.”

As for drivers inadvertently stuck on the bridge, Steely White offered this assessment: “I think sometimes it is necessary to inconvenience drivers to save lives.”

Nearby Concord Village resident Jordan Glickstein said he hasn’t noticed much of a difference–for better or for worse.

“It’s a little easier to cross the street, but a little more difficult to drive into the complex.”

Asked how he would rate the changes, Glickstein said, “fair.”

“It’s not a big deal,” he observed.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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