Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Next Prospect Park West? New Bike Lane and Traffic Signals for Eastern Parkway

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Coming soon: More bike lane.
  • Coming soon: More bike lane.

The stretch of Eastern Parkway between Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Museum at the intersection with Washington Avenue is ripe for the traffic-calming, cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure which will be built there beginning next month. The Brooklyn Paper reports that locals have been lobbying the city to do something about the five-lane highway and its intersection with four-lane Washington Avenue since 2000.

Construction, with a projected cost of $6 million, will be finished next year. Among the improvements are a widened pedestrian median and new pedestrian signal at the crosswalk in front of the Brooklyn Museum at Washington Avenue—where pedestrians currently have to take cues from the automobile signals—a new protected bike lane on the median separating Eastern Parkway from the service road that will connect to lanes at Grand Army Plaza and the "controversial" one on Prospect Park West, new traffic signals, and updates to sewers and water mains.

The focus of these street-level improvements is on the east side of this stretch of Eastern Parkway, closest to Washington Avenue, an intersection where an average of two pedestrians are injured every year, and where car accidents are a virtually daily occurrence. Let's hope nobody sues to sop them.

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