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Source: Windsor Terrace Patch

Neighbor Salmir Gutic died Monday night after a car collision in Kensington, on East 8th Street and Avenue I.

According to a report on the Windsor Terrace Patch, the 34-year-old was making a lefthand turn on westbound Avenue I when a Mercedes Benz on the avenue collided into his car shortly before 9:30 p.m.

Gutic was transported to New York Community Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

Police are investigating, though no criminality is suspected, the site notes.

On July 16, 2o12, active U.S. Army soldier Steven Isris was killed in a motorcycle accident off Avenue P and East 8th Street, an accident we first wrote about when friends of Isris contacted us seeking information from the community about the accident. At the time Isris was in critical condition; he passed away a short time later.

He is survived by his loving family, friends, fiance, and unborn child. Steven was 23 years old when he passed away, and, in remembrance, his family is holding a fundraiser to raise money for his fiance Svetlana, and their child on the way.

The event is a poker night to be held on October 13, and donations collected will be used to establish the Steven Isris Fund for his family. Some donations will be used for raffles and prizes for the event that Steven’s family hopes to turn into an annual affair. You can donate money or find more information on the fundraiser here.

A friend of a motorcyclist involved in a collision with another vehicle on Monday in Gravesend wrote in to Sheepshead Bites, turning to our readers for information about the events surrounding the accident.

The friend writes:

yesterday a friend of mine was in a MVA and is currently fighting for his life on Ave P & East 8th. He is a tough, caring, and strong man enlisted in the Army fighting for his country, now he is fighting for his life. HIs fiancee is expecting and we are all praying that he will be ok. Please post this youtube video on your website and if anyone has any information in regards to the accident his name is Steve and call 718-415-9541

The friend added in a follow-up e-mail:

I am not sure if the driver stayed on the scene of the accident we are just looking for information, if anyone saw the accident and can help his family and friends make sense of what happened that monday afternoon on ave p and East 8th.

He is still in the icu in very critical condition

Video courtesy of Brooklyn Scoop, which first reported on the accident.

The Department of Transportation will investigate the potentially improper placement of a No Standing sign on Avenue V, off East 8th Street, after Sheepshead Bites requested information about its installation at the behest of a reader.

Our reader, who lives nearby, wrote in to Sheepshead Bites last week to complain about the newly-installed No Standing sign, saying that it replaced a street cleaning sign that was previously on the pole. The reader fumed that it blocked off several parking spaces without any apparent justification.

“I understand the DOT installs No Standing [signs] to prevent blind spots at Stop signs. However this is usually just at the corner, [the] new sign is making three spots invalid,” the reader wrote to us. “They just took down a street cleaning sign and changed it to no standing. DOT being plain lazy!”

The practice of eliminating parking spots near certain corners is called daylighting, and is intended to increase visibility for cars approaching the intersection, and reduce the risk of accidents. However, as the reader noted, daylighting usually only eliminates one car’s worth of parking.

In response to an inquiry from Sheepshead Bites, DOT confirmed that the No Standing sign was installed at the request of Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz, who had requested daylighting at the intersection on behalf of constituents.

However, in a follow-up e-mail to DOT, Sheepshead Bites attached the above photo of the sign, placed mid-block, and eliminating more spaces than is usual.

The DOT, in turn, agreed to re-inspect the location and make any necessary adjustments.

Experiencing something similar on your block? E-mail details and (if possible) a photo to tips [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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.

On June 28, installation of the new steel superstructure for the East 8th Street / Guider Avenue Belt Parkway overpass will commence at the south end. Night time lane closures will begin on July 5 as the steel installation progresses northward over the South Service road and Belt Parkway. The nightly closures are expected to occur over a period of about three weeks. Night time lane closures on the Belt Parkway will continue, with up to two lanes being closed between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. in either or both directions.

Belt Parkway Lane Closures
Eastbound and/or Westbound between Knapp Street and Shell Road

Sunday night through Friday morning:
10 p.m. to 1 a.m. – 1 lane closed
1 a.m. to 5 a.m. – 2 lanes closed**

**On some nights, there will be an all-lane closure at 15-minute intervals. Queued traffic must dissipate completely before another all-lane closure is permitted.

Friday night to Saturday morning:
11 p.m. to 1 a.m. – 1 lane closed
1 a.m. to 6 a.m. – 2 lanes closed

The Department of Transportation sent out this year-end update, summing up what work has been completed on the project and what’s to come in 2011. Here’s what they had to say:

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Courtesy of DOT

When we told you on Friday that Department of Transportation contractors will start pile driving in the early morning hours this week, we cautioned not to get too fired up until we heard back about sound mitigation.

It didn’t stop some from getting antsy, though, with commenters bemoaning the loss of sleep due to the thunderous banging that they thought would ring through the blocks around Hubbard Street and Shore Parkway.

Well, good news, everybody: DOT community liaison Teresa Toro got back to us and there will be procedures in place to mitigate sound and vibration levels. They will be using a pneumatic hammer, which they say is the “quietest” kind of pile driving machinery, and there will also be a material placed between the pile and the hammer to dampen sound and vibrations.

Toro noted, however, that there still would be some sound, and that the agency is doing what they can to ensure residents’ expectations of peace.

“Sometimes, though, they just can’t get around it,” Toro said.

She added that they’ve done other pile driving during the day, and they try to complete as much work as possible when the sun is still out. But if a segment of work – such as the specific piles they’ll be working on – require a lane closure, it needs to be done at night.

The pile driving should be completed this week, barring severe weather conditions that may cause delays. The entire project will be done in Fall 2011.

Courtesy of the DOT

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on the construction over at the East 8th Street / Guider Avenue bridge, which the city began dismantling in February.

It appears everything’s been going swell – except for the rats – and construction is on schedule. The project should be completed in Fall 2011. [Corrected - see below.]

But the next phase could upset neighbors. Starting on Monday, November 8, night time pile driving will occur between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. for approximately six nights. Pile driving is the technique of hammering enormous supports deep into the ground by repeatedly slamming a metal weight on top of it. The work will be done near Hubbard Street on the westbound Belt Parkway.

If you’ve ever had a neighbor hammering some crap in the early morning hours, you know how annoying that can be. Imagine that times 44,000 pounds.

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The Guider Avenue / East 8th Street bridge is almost entirely gone, with only a couple of supports and steel spans remaining. If you haven’t noticed, there have been late-night/early-morning lane closures since the beginning of the month. Construction began in February to remove the overpass, and they’ll soon begin building a whole new structure.

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