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Deutsch with Trottenberg, Palmieri and other DOT representatives on Coney Island Avenue.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg stood at the base of the Coney Island Avenue overpass at Guider Avenue last Tuesday, as cars whizzed around her, made illegal turns, crossed into oncoming traffic and failed to get out of the way of emergency response vehicles. She stood there for approximately 20 minutes, visibly perplexed at the apparent lawlessness of one of Southern Brooklyn’s most convoluted intersections.

Trottenberg was there at the request of Councilmember Chaim Deutsch, alongside Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Joseph Palmieri and a handful of aides for each. She had already toured other problem spots in Manhattan Beach and said the agency would consider changes requested by the community, but the scene at this intersection – where Coney Island Avenue meets Guider Avenue, Banner Avenue, a service road and a Belt Parkway entrance ramp – prompted a more firm commitment.

“This one certainly,” said Trottenberg. “We have to do some major work here. It’s terrible.”

Within days, the commissioner had ordered a traffic study of the intersection, and Deutsch’s office confirmed that traffic engineers will visit the site to assess new traffic safety measures, including turn signals and medians.

Until more permanent changes are implemented, Deutsch worked with the agency and the NYPD’s Transportation Bureau and he 60th Precinct to bring traffic agents to the intersection. The agents deployed for the first time today, and will be there during peak hours, Deutsch told Sheepshead Bites this morning.

Traffic agents were at the intersection today. (Source: Deutsch's office)

Traffic agents were at the intersection today. (Source: Deutsch’s office)

The councilman and the DOT hope the measures will go a long way to reducing traffic accidents at the location. Since 2014 began, there have been 11 collisions so far, including two pedestrians struck by vehicles and three occupant injuries, according to data obtained from the DOT by Deutsch’s office.

It’s not the first time local officials have raised issue with the intersection, or the DOT’s first stab at fixing it.

Community Board 15 has been a long-time advocate for improvements to the area, and was baffled in 2009 when the agency proposed a plan to reconfigure it that illustrated an utter lack of familiarity with the area.

A year later, then-Congressman Anthony Weiner also took the agency to task for the same plan. Both requested left-turn signals to restore order, but received a cold response from the former commissioner.

In the end of May 2012, the agency surprised locals by installing “No left turn” signs on southbound Coney Island Avenue. We stood there days later, and filmed car after car dangerously ignoring it in the span of just one minute.

As for the other sites that Trottenberg toured during her visit last week, the agency is studying some of the proposals, including turning Oriental Boulevard’s flashing yellow light at Ocean Avenue into a full-fledged traffic signal. Deutsch said he will work with the Parks Department to determine the feasibility of moving the Oriental Boulevard bike lane to the sidewalk on Shore Boulevard. A traffic study is also being ordered for Coney Island Avenue and Avenue O.

“I think it’s great that they came down here,” said Deutsch. “We had all three commissioners here to collaborate, and this is just the beginning.”

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The Belt Parkway is about to get a little more congested, as the highway is slated to lose one lane at Bay Ridge Avenue beginning tomorrow night.

The lane closures will begin at 11:00 p.m., on Friday, May 30. The eastbound and westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway at Bay Ridge Avenue Bridge (Exit 1) will be shifted. The eastbound roadway, currently three lanes, will be reduced to two travel lanes. Meanwhile, the two travel lanes of the westbound roadway will be narrowed and shifted to the left-center of the bridge.

These changes are being done to allow for the establishment of a work zone at the existing right and center of the Bay Ridge Avenue Bridge in order to begin the first stage of the bridge rehabilitation.

The bridge’s overhaul is part of the city’s Seven Bridges project, a large-scale renovation of seven spans on the Belt Parkway that began in 2009. Several of the bridges are already near completion, and the beginning of the Bay Ridge Avenue work marks the final phase of the project.

The existing bridge at Bay Ridge Avenue will be reconstructed using pre-cast concrete deck sections. The clearance will be increased to 14-feet 6-inches, which removes the need for clearance signs currently posted for a substandard condition. Also the new deck will eliminate the need for under deck wood shielding, according to a DOT fact sheet on the project.

According to the fact sheet, work on this bridge was slated to begin in June 2013 and wrap up in February of 2015, but a DOT representative told this outlet that it will now be closer to the beginning of 2016. All construction related to the seven bridges project is expected to be completed by mid-2017, with landscaping wrapping up in 2019.

An illustration of the extent of the lane shifts. (Source: DOT)

An illustration of the extent of the lane shifts. (Source: DOT)

Source: NYCDOT

On one night between Monday, May 12, and Friday, May 16, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) Division of Bridges will close lanes of the eastbound Belt (Shore) Parkway bridge over Mill Basin to restore the asphalt on the roadway surface.

Lane closures will be in effect from 11:01 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the following morning. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times. A variable message sign will be installed to alert motorists.

For all NYC non-emergency services, including inquiries regarding NYCDOT construction projects, dial 311. Be prepared to give your name, the borough of the project, and a return phone number.

Belt Parkway at Coney Island Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

Belt Parkway at Coney Island Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

A man was struck by a car and killed when he attempted to cross the Belt Parkway on foot early Saturday morning.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, made the daring attempt at approximately 4:45 a.m. Saturday, but was struck by a gray 2008 Toyota Scion on the eastbound side. He died at the scene.

The driver, a Staten Island man, remained at the scene and has not been charged.

For more, check out the Daily News article.

The following is a revised important notice from the NYC Department of Transportation Division of Bridges, noting nightly lane closures on the east bound Belt Parkway through mid-July.

The following is a message from the New York City Department of Transportation:

The following is a notice from the NYC Department of Transportation’s Division of Bridges, announcing planned lane closures on the Belt Parkway from May 21 through May 26:

The Seven Bridges Project on the Belt Parkway sure is plodding along, but we’re sure there are still plenty among you wondering why the heck such a large-scale project needed to be done.

Well, worry not. Crazeenydriver is here to explain it to you… and with a spectacular Brooklyn accent.

In Crazee’s video, Exploring The Belt Parkway Plum Beach Bridge, we see there’s still plenty of work to be done. The January 29 video focuses on the undercarriage of the bridge as well as the walkway. Throughout the slideshow video, he shows some photos of eroding metal and pavement that’s on top of the bridge, and rust that has coated parts of the bridge.

When he arrives at the bottom of the bridge, you can see that a good portion of the concrete has worn off. However, he did notice some beams that were placed under the bridge that weren’t there during his last visit a year ago.

“It’s in poor condition,” said Crazeenydriver in the video.

The $365 million contract for the Seven Bridges Project started in 2009, beginning with reconstruction three significantly deteriorated bridges on the Belt Parkway. The federal- and city-funded initiative is part of the $5 billion tab that the Bloomberg administration has picked up on bridge rehabilitation.

The project is expected to be completed by 2013.

Photo by Arthur Borko

The following is a press release from the Department of Transportation:

New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner (DOT) Janette Sadik-Khan today announced the completion of the first phase of a $365 million contract started in 2009 to reconstruct three significantly deteriorated bridges on the Belt Parkway, which carry 150,000 cars a day through Brooklyn and Queens to John F. Kennedy International Airport and Nassau County to the east and to the Gowanus Expressway and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to the west. Once notorious for their rough condition, the bridges at Paerdegat Basin, Rockaway Parkway and Fresh Creek Basin are the first of seven structures undergoing complete reconstruction. Eastbound traffic this week shifted onto the first of two new parallel structures passing over the Paerdegat Basin. Westbound traffic is scheduled to shift onto the formerly eastbound span on December 28 to permit construction to begin on the parallel structure which is expected to be completed in 2013. In another contract milestone, westbound traffic was shifted onto the new bridge over Rockaway Parkway on December 5.

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It’s here, it’s here! It’s finally here!

The re-opening of the East 8th Street Bridge – a.k.a. the Guider Avenue Bridge – is scheduled for tomorrow, December 2, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

That means motorists heading from Brighton Beach to the westbound Belt Parkway will no longer be forced over the Coney Island Avenue Bridge, through the heavily-congested Avenue Z intersection, and down a residential block in order to get to the highway. After nearly two years of construction, they’ll finally return to the faster, more direct route of the Guider Avenue Bridge.

The opening was original planned for last week, but rain prevented the installation of the final pavement sealant. It’s not the first delay on the bridge – construction was intended to be completed in spring of 2011, was pushed back to fall, and, well, the latest completion date is slated to be in February 2012 – two full years after it began.

Though the road will be open tomorrow, the bridge will remain closed to pedestrian traffic until all work is complete, according to the Department of Transportation. Temporary barriers and fencing will also remain in place until then.

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