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Grand Army Plaza’s Transformation Complete

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

A view of Grand Army Plaza after the renovation. (DOT)

A $1.5 million overhaul of Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza has been completed. The Department of Transportation added more walkways, bike lanes, and street dividers in order to make what was once the most dangerous intersection of the city safer.

Long-time Park Slope resident Richard Norberg said he was thankful for the improvements. “I use to drive around that circle and play dodgeball with my car, hoping to get out and once I saw the traffic light improvement, I said it’s a great thing.”

The DOT eliminated car lanes, constructed new traffic signals and enlarged barrier islands to separate westbound vehicles from southbound Flatbush Traffic. They also expanded a pedestrian plaza used by the Greenmarket and filled gaps in bike lanes to make it easier for cyclists to enter Prospect Park.  

But, bicyclist Matthew Weinstein said the bike lanes, particularly on Plaza Street West, still fall short. “If it was made into a two-way path with marking and separate from the traffic, it would be much more effective.”

He added the street is still dangerous because many bicyclists ride down Plaza Street West in the opposite direction of car traffic.

A DOT spokesman said the two-way bike lane on Plaza Street West was originally part of the plan, but the city had to remove it because it did not fit with the overall project.

The improvements are part of the DOT’s citywide efforts to reduce serious injuries and cut the number of traffic fatalities in half by 2030.

 

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A view of Grand Army Plaza after the renovation.
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That same view before the renovations.
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Another view of Grand Army Plaza after the changes to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
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How that intersection looked before the changes.

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Comments [3]

Chris M from Brooklyn

It's much easier to walk around there since the improvements. There is some new configuration so you have to be careful but it seems that crossing distances are shorter and there are more places for peds to stand in safety. As usual for Pedestrians you often have to wait at two different locations for the walk signal in order to get to your destination but it is certainly safer with this new design.

Nov. 10 2011 01:34 PM
Tony V from South Slope

Sometimes bicyclists will have to walk their bikes through certain dangerous intersections or areas. That's just the way it is.

The City is moving in a positive direction trying to accommodate both interests without killing pedestrians.

Everyone will be unhappy -- look at all the pedestrian areas in Manhattan now.

I credit the City and this administration for trying as opposed to Rudy & Koch.

Nov. 10 2011 12:31 PM
Kristen from Plaza St

Where is the Plaza Street bike lane???? It's so dangerous right now and should have been included. Cars need to slow down and bike riders need to be protected!

Nov. 10 2011 10:49 AM

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