EAST FLATBUSH — City Councilmen Chaim Deutsch and Jumaane Williams, on Thursday, requested the Department of Transportation take another look at Nostrand Avenue, which they believe could be improved. And they want the cops to get with the program on traffic enforcement.
Their first request concerns Kings Highway and Nostrand Avenue intersection, where changes were made leading up to the B82 Select Bus Service rollout on October 1. The Department of Transportation installed a bus lane, pedestrian island and modified the signal patterns.
“I’m working with my colleague Jumaane Williams by speaking to DOT about an immediate study of traffic patterns that disrupt thousands of motorists and pedestrians,” said Deutsch.
Traffic stalls along Nostrand Ave. as far back as Quentin Rd. — two blocks away from the Kings Hwy. and Nostrand Ave. intersection, Deutsch insists.
“I was able to visit the site yesterday and saw serious issues,” said Williams, referring to the Kings Highway and Nostrand intersection. “It’s clear that this redesign—though well-intentioned—had unintended consequences, and my office is working with DOT to implement solutions.”
“As part of the B82 SBS implementation, Nostrand Ave and Kings Hwy were improved to enhance bus service as well as pedestrian safety following a 2017 fatality,” a DOT spokesperson told Bklyner. “DOT recently installed new signal infrastructure and made timing adjustments at this intersection and in the surrounding area.
“It is also important to note that the B82 SBS just launched last week, and we have found that it takes drivers some time to adjust to changes,” said a DOT spokesperson pushed back. “We will continue to monitor conditions and make adjustments where appropriate.”
The other area of concern is traffic congestion on Nostrand Avenue between Avenues M and Avenue N, which could perhaps be better described as a parking lot for auto dealers that line that block of Nostrand Avenue. The frequent double parking affects the flow of traffic.
Lawmakers are calling on the 63rd and 70th precinct to add traffic enforcement in the area.