In our recap of a community development meeting earlier this month, the DOT announced that they approved all-direction stop signs at the intersection of Water and Main Street. However, according to an article on DNAinfo yesterday, residents of Dumbo are worried about traffic at intersections of Jay and Water streets, Water and Dock streets, York and Washington streets, York and Front streets and Bridge and Front streets.
In the community meeting, the DOT representative Chris Hrones acknowledged a need to do “ongoing research and data collection for other intersections”. But these intersetions did not meet the warrants for the pedestrian requirements and will not have a stop sign at this time. The DOT “applies federal guidelines — including traffic and pedestrian volumes, overall traffic flow, school crossings, the intersection’s crash history and other factors — to determine whether an intersection is eligible for a stop sign or traffic light.”
This doesn’t matter, say parents who posted on a Dumbo Parent’s newsgroup. “For all of you who made suggestions about the various scary intersections in Dumbo after the accident on York and Washington back in June, we did get the DOT (via pressure from the BID and from the Dumbo Neighborhood Association) to assess all of those corners. Unfortunately, the DOT rejected making specific changes at this time, with the exception of a new stop sign on Main and Water.” The DOT representatives we spoke to say that the assessments on the intersections will be revisited again in 18 months.
One parent who lives in the neighborhood, who asked to remain unnamed, said, “Can we not balance the historical traffic data that with information we know is coming in the near future? For example, we know the 18 story Dock Street building will have 400 rental units, 400 parking spaces, a 300 seat middle school. That’s 1500 additional people coming in and out of the entrances and exits at Water Street, Dock Street, and Front Street. We should be able to anticipate this traffic, along with the new Empire Stores to prevent accidents.”
Another parent wrote “When it comes to construction – there is almost no coordination between traffic and community — its traffic and construction company — we as home owners and the community are “inconvenienced” is the thought process.” Put all this together with the newer rental building at 30 Washington Street (94 units), other new housing developments (Pierhouse (200 hotel rooms, 159 residential units, a 300-car underground parking garage), Dumbo Townhouses, and John Street condos), and the 1.2 million-square-foot complex at the site of the Watchtower buildings), we should have a clearer picture of how much increase of pedestrian, bus, and car traffic the area will gain.