DOT Plan to Ban Left Turns from Flatbush Onto Myrtle Ave. Moves Ahead

By Janet Upadhye on June 26, 2014 3:11pm 

 Under the DOT's plan, traffic seeking to go east on Myrtle Ave. from Flatbush Ave would be forced to go west intead and make a U-turn.
Under the DOT's plan, traffic seeking to go east on Myrtle Ave. from Flatbush Ave would be forced to go west intead and make a U-turn.
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FORT GREENE — A city plan to ban left hand turns from Flatbush Avenue onto Myrtle Avenue in order to reduce crashes and congestion got a unanimous vote of support from Community Board 2’s Transportation Committee.

The Department of Transportation plan, which was presented to the board by the Pedestrian Projects Group on June 16, would send motorists who want to turn left onto Myrtle Avenue to turn right instead, sending them westbound on Myrtle Ave.

Drivers would have to loop around at the dead end at Duffield Street to go east on Myrtle.

Banning left turn traffic would help to "reduce conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles while improving the conditions for turning vehicles," according to the DOT.

Currently, the left hand turn lane — used by motorists attempting to go to Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant from the Manhattan Bridge — regularly becomes jammed with cars that block pedestrians trying to cross the street when they don't make the light. Cars also attempt to make illegal left hand turns from the center lane, blocking bridge traffic and setting the stage for potential crashes.

There have been more than 100 injuries from accidents from 2007 to 2011 at the intersection of Myrtle and Flatbush Avenues, the agency noted in the proposal.

And with an increase in nearby developments including Avalon Fort Greene and the Toren Condos, more than 1,347 residential units have been added to the neighborhood making foot traffic more common, according to the DOT.

The proposal will go before the full board on June 30 at 6 p.m. during a meeting at Borough Hall.

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