Local resident Matt Marello has started a petition to close Clinton street has an entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge. Community Board 3 approved a resolution in April asking the Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study in the area and to propose solutions to a terrible overcrowding problem on Clinton and surrounding streets. Here’s Marello’s pitch:
Clinton Street is a wholly inappropriate approach to the Williamsburg Bridge. The street is narrow and parallels a bike lane. Traffic frequently enters into the bike lane when turning from Grand Street, and the pedestrian crossing at Grand and Clinton is extremely dangerous. The streets leading to the Clinton Street feed traverse an entirely residential neighborhood that is ill equipped to deal with the traffic volume and there is a significant impact on the quality of life. The exhaust and noise pollution generated by vehicles is intolerable and not appropriate for a residential neighborhood.
Local elected officials have backed up the Community Board’s resolution with a letter to DOT. No response from the agency as of yet.