CLINTON HILL — Six blocks of Myrtle Avenue will be closed to eastbound traffic for the next four months — rerouting the B54 bus line — to accommodate construction of Myrtle Plaza, officials said.
Starting Monday, eastbound traffic on Myrtle Avenue between Washington and Classon avenues will be shut down, lasting through July, according to the MTA.
The eastbound B54 will be diverted off of Myrtle Avenue between Washington and Classon avenues, relocating the current stops at Washington Avenue and Steuben Street to new sites.
The bus will now stop at two new temporary stops on Washington Avenue at Myrtle Avenue and on Classon Avenue at Willoughby Avenue, officials said.
All other eastbound vehicular traffic will be forced to detour right at Hall Street, according to the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership.
There will be no change to westbound traffic.
Signs posted to local businesses show parking restrictions will also be in effect along Myrtle Avenue between Emerson Place and Hall Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Monday.
A spokeswoman at the Department of Design and Construction could not immediately say what parts of the street would be closed to parking.
The 70 businesses in that area will remain open during construction and will be marked by “Come In We’re Open Signs” created by the partnership.
Jiovanny Guzman, a manager at the Key Food on Myrtle Avenue and Ryerson Street, said the construction was inconvenient, but didn’t think it would affect sales.
“If people want to get inside the store they’ll come down the street to find us,” he said.
Guzman said construction has been ongoing on the block since the store opened in September, and that customers are often irritated by the work. The sidewalk alongside the supermarket is already closed due to the construction.
“People get annoyed that there’s all this construction on this same block,” he said.
He said he’s most concerned about the street being closed off to parking.
“As it is, parking is already uncomfortable in this neighborhood,” Guzman said.
Residents with concerns can reach out to the DDC’s community liaison Chris Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org.