This morning, city crews are on the job along Clinton Street, implementing the final phases of a plan to improve pedestrian safety on and around the congested Delancey Street corridor. Back in June, they created new pedestrian “safe zones” along a 12-block stretch from the Williamsburg Bridge and changed certain traffic patterns.
Today, the crews have removed barricades from Clinton, allowing cars to turn right onto the bridge. They have also turned Clinton into a one-way northbound street and created a two-way bike path on the west side of the street.
The slide posted above is part of a Department of Transportation presentation detailing the changes. Still to come — lengthening the “walk” signal at Delancey and Clinton by eight seconds. The DOT has already narrowed the width of Delancey by creating pedestrian plazas on either sides of the street. The agency is working with the LES Business Improvement District to add planters and other markers to more clearly define the plazas as pedestrian-only zones. As you’ve probably noticed, cars and trucks have made mince meat of the temporary pylons that have been set up to mark off the new plazas.
The changes along Delancey Street were implemented after a series of tragic accidents in recent years, including the death of 12-year old Dashane Santana.