City Studies Big Traffic Changes for 20th Street


Via a resident of the South Slope, we hear the following: “The residents of 20th st. have been lobbying CB7 and DOT for years. DOT finally did a study…and is unveiling it to the community on 5/30. It’s going to be a big deal, both pro and con, as it reroutes trucks onto 7th ave (along several schools and the off/on ramps to the Prospect Expressway iif the want to head west to the Gowanus Expressway via Prospect Ave. There’s also the change of direction on 21st. St. 20th St. will become one way eastbound.” Click through to see the full study that the city will be presenting to Community Board 7 on May 30th.
20th Street Study-2

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  • While there is a need to quell some of the traffic and the NOISE on 20th Street it seems punishing the residents of 22nd Street with copious truck traffic is a terrible move.

  • Townie

    I’m guessing they have NOT calculated the increased traffic from sanitation trucks heading westbound to the soon to be finished marine waste transfer site down by Home Depot.

  • Hard to tell exactly what they’re planning, but I hope they appreciate the horrow-show that is 7th/Prospect Avenue at drop-off and pick-up for PS10. It’s the biggest mess in the neighborhood. Cars, trucks, buses, kids and parents, double-parking, red-light running, and one septuagenarian crossing guard with a whistle trying to keep order. It ain’t pretty. Any change needs to be for the better.

  • Hard to tell exactly what they’re planning, but I hope they appreciate the horrow-show that is 7th/Prospect Avenue at drop-off and pick-up for PS10. It’s the biggest mess in the neighborhood. Cars, trucks, buses, kids and parents, double-parking, red-light running, and one septuagenarian crossing guard with a whistle trying to keep order. It ain’t pretty. Any change needs to be for the better.

  • I think 22nd St. was a complete plant, as it’s narrower than 20th St coming into a dead end on 23rd St. During the construction of the new townhouses on 22nd St., larger trucks delivering supplies could not make the turn, and either had to do some fancy maneuvering, or make their delivery from the corner.

    It’s going to come down to is what’s good for 20th St. good for the entire community. Will be an interesting discussion/debate.

  • I think 22nd St. was a complete plant, as it’s narrower than 20th St coming into a dead end on 23rd St. During the construction of the new townhouses on 22nd St., larger trucks delivering supplies could not make the turn, and either had to do some fancy maneuvering, or make their delivery from the corner.

    It’s going to come down to is what’s good for 20th St. good for the entire community. Will be an interesting discussion/debate.

  • Here’s a petition to read, then sign if you do not want truck re-routing to occur (and you live near or in the neighborhood) the more people we have sign, the better. Then, please consider coming to the 5/30 meeting http://chn.ge/LzDh9E

  • Here’s a petition to read, then sign if you do not want truck re-routing to occur (and you live near or in the neighborhood) the more people we have sign, the better. Then, please consider coming to the 5/30 meeting http://chn.ge/LzDh9E

  • Dear Neighbors,

    The conditions on 20th Street are unsafe, period.

    20th street was not designed to accommodate modern 18-wheel trucks going in two directions.

    The street is barely wider then any other one-way side-street in this neighborhood.

    DOT’s proposal is not about discontinuing 20th Street as a truck route. It’s still going to be a truck route with well more than 50% of the neighborhood trucks rushing by.

    20th Street simply cannot handle two-way traffic.

    Residents of 20th Street have long felt unsafe and ultimately, that’s what the DOT study concluded. They have chosen wider two-way streets to reroute only 25% of the lighter westbound truck traffic that cannot fit on 20th.

    The traffic on 21st Street would be reversed.

    This issue is about the safety of your neighbors.

    Thanks for listening. Hope to see you all at the DOT meeting on Wednesday where this issue will be clarified.

    Sincerely,
    Miriam

    • If it’s really only 20th Street, then why ‘re-route’ the entire area? Will not the safety of my children be affected on 21st Street? What about sending big rigs huge trucks past an extremely busy school?