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South Williamsburg Transit to Be Examined in DOT Study

By Serena Dai | January 14, 2015 11:45am
 South Williamsburg will be the target of a transportation study.
South Williamsburg will be the target of a transportation study.
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SOUTH WILLIAMSBURG — The state of South Williamsburg transportation — from pedestrian walkways to car congestion — will soon be examined by the city to see what improvements can be made.

The Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting next week for locals to provide feedback about the issues they face while traveling through the neighborhood.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol has been requesting a study to help address congestion, which been an issue for years, he said.

"This is a major problem for the Hasidic section of Williamsburg," Lentol said. "You have cars, school buses and trucks, all trying to navigate narrow streets that are two-way."

Lentol said that changes such as making some roads one-way, restricting truck delivery, restricting parking or changing the times of trash pickups could ease congestion.

"I hope they can do this quickly so we can get this done," he said.

The DOT has already looked at existing conditions in the area, between Broadway and Park Avenue, said Harvey LaReau, who's working on the project for the agency.

But the DOT is going into the project with an open mind about what steps could be taken to make changes in the neighborhood, LeReau said.

The department will look at problems with intersections and pedestrian safety issues, like the timing of crosswalks.

"We’ll be reaching out to the community, finding out what some of their issues are," LaReau said.

With population growth, the area's been overdue for a study on what makes the streets so congested, Lentol said, adding that any fixes will spill over into other parts of the community.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Williamsburgh Library at 240 Division Ave.