The agency will start work on the new, protected lane between the Manhattan Bridge and Houston Street in late August, with installation continuing into September, according to a department spokesman.
The plan has been more than a year in the making, beginning in March 2015 when elected officials and Community Board 3 representatives called on the DOT to introduce safety improvements to the heavily trafficked thoroughfare, citing an increase in bike ridership within the “severely faded” lanes.
The department responded with a plan to replace the run-down lane with a two-way, freshly painted passageway for cyclists, protected by a combination of parked cars, jersey barriers and delineators.
The plan will also introduce a bevy of other safety improvements to the roadway, such as new pedestrian islands at Second, Stanton and Rivington streets, jersey barriers at Chrystie and Canal streets, and adjusted traffic signal times.
The plan, unanimously approved by the community board in March of this year, can be viewed on the Department of Transportation website.
The DOT recently started posting flyers around the area to notify residents of the impending roadwork, as first reported by Bowery Boogie.