The DOT is Happy with the Changes It Made to Help Alleviate the Congestion at Grand and Clinton

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 at 9:19 am by
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The westbound intersection of Clinton and Grand Streets is fixed, the Department of Transportation proclaims. Agency engineer Rich Carmona took a pseudo victory lap last week at the Community Board 3 transportation subcommittee meeting by extolling the progress made in the last couple years.

You’ll recall that the traffic patterns around the Williamsburg Bridge shifted after the death of Dashane Santana in 2012. One such change was the reopening of Clinton Street as a one-way on-ramp to the bridge. But neighbors weren’t thrilled since the intersection of grand became a complete bottleneck. The DOT was called to task in order to address the issue.

Mitigation measures were implemented in the ensuing period to help reduce the constant congestion. Among them, a through-lane added this past June, an extended right turn lane back to Pitt, increased green time at the Clinton/Delancey light signal (39 seconds), and more understandable signage introduced to alert drivers on the FDR about access. The next step is adding additional traffic signs along East Houston, but not until the capital works project has run its course (i.e. never).

According to DOT data presented by Carmona, crashes at this interaction are down 22%, with a 5% reduction in injuries.

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Results from the DOT changes

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