New York, NY – In April, Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou and Senator Brian Kavanagh spearheaded a letter from elected officials to New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neill asking them to address vehicle gridlock and quality of life concerns at the intersection of Clinton and Grand Streets.
Yesterday, DOT responded in a letter stating that they would be “installing additional directional signage to the Williamsburg Bridge approach.” The goal of the new signage is to improve safety along this stretch. DOT also committed to present their plans next month to address the traffic gridlock in the area, which will take place at Community Board 3.
"The Grand and Clinton Streets corridor continues to be pummeled by traffic, and it's critical that we implement concrete solutions - and fast,” said Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou. “Constituents continue to raise concerns about the gridlock in this area, and I look forward to reviewing the City's traffic mitigation plan slated for public review in June. I thank DOT and NYPD for the implementation of interim steps to address the Clinton and Grand traffic gridlock, and I will continue to push for comprehensive solutions to this ongoing issue."
"This community has long been calling for action to relieve the overcrowding at Clinton and Grand Streets, and I'm glad my colleagues and I were able to amplify their voices," State Senator Brian Kavanagh said. "The DOT's response and its recent actions are promising. I look forward to receiving a response from the NYPD and working with all stakeholders to finalize a long-term plan for the intersection this summer."
“I am glad that the Department of Transportation has responded to our letter and recognized our concerns,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. “Anything that will alleviate the current gridlock is a positive step. As we approach the date when the L Train closes, the approach to the Williamsburg Bridge will become increasingly congested, and drivers’ need for good information will increase, particularly with new HOV3 rules. I am glad that the DOT is responding to our request for better signage. I look forward to seeing the proposed solutions from the city in June, and am confident that we can find a resolution that works.”
“With little time to spare before the L-train shutdown, Downtown residents need decisive and immediate solutions to address congestion and safety in areas like Clinton and Grand Streets, a corridor that has been suffering from worsening gridlock and traffic noise for too long – and with no end in sight,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin. “The Department of Transportation’s commitment to present their proposals to the community is a positive first step towards ensuring that residents have a seat at the table to identify solutions to the growing traffic problem in their neighborhoods. I thank Commissioner Trottenberg for hearing the community’s concerns, and look forward to continuing the partnership with DOT and my colleagues to provide residents with the relief they deserve.”
Alysha Lewis-Coleman, Manhattan Community Board 3 Chair said, “Community Board 3 appreciates the support and partnership of our elected officials and DOT and NYPD in responding to community concerns regarding traffic congestion in the Clinton / Grand Streets area. Last winter CB 3 hosted a site visit of the area, and we have participated in meetings with these agencies and electeds' offices. DOT is scheduled for the CB 3 June committee meeting for community review of the traffic mitigation proposal. We will also be hosting a Transportation Visioning Workshop on May 16 and welcome the participation of all. We look forward to our continued work together to resolve these very challenging traffic problems in our community.”
"I want to thank our elected officials and community board for echoing the concerns of residents about traffic at Clinton and Grand, and for trying to restore our quality of life,” said Daisy Paez, District Leader. “This traffic situation is causing a dangerous environment in the neighborhood, and it is important that the City address it right away."
Caroline Laskow, District Leader said, "Thank you to all our elected officials for continuing to advocate for a comprehensive solution to our neighborhood's growing traffic problem. We look forward to reviewing the DOT's proposals with community members in June, and hope that meaningful changes can be made before the L Train shutdown pushes even more cars onto these congested streets.”