The Vinegar Hill Neighborhood Association and the Watchtower Society requested that Jay Street, between York and Prospect Street in Dumbo (shown above) be made into two way traffic, according to Community Board 2 District Manager Robert Perris. Currently, for Dumbo residents, Washington and Pearl Streets are the major streets out of Dumbo towards downtown Brooklyn and Gold Street for Vinegar Hill drivers. Changing the one block stretch on Jay Street to two way will allow another point of entry and exit for traffic for more direct access towards Tillary Street and downtown Brooklyn. This also potentially reduces traffic on the Belgian Blocked Pearl Street going towards the Brooklyn Bridge entrance (shown below).
According to an article in the print edition of the Brooklyn Heights Courier by Stephen Witt, “Once a community board makes a street change request, the DOT takes a look at it including how the street circulates in the area and the cost and logistics of making the change.” There is no specific timeline on this. One drawback may be that the bicycle lane will be squeezed if Jay were to become two way. However, starting on York Street, Jay Street is already two way traffic. Are there any reasons not to make this a two way street? Comments?