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Classon Avenue Traffic Calming Project

Council Member Letitia James addresses DOT's Classon Avenue traffic calming project

The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) has recently developed a traffic calming project for Classon Avenue in response to speeding concerns expressed by myself and other community stakeholders. The goals of the project are to discourage speeding; improve safety for motorists parking, entering and exiting vehicles; improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians; and improve traffic flow approaching Atlantic Avenue.

This project was presented to Community Boards 2, 3, 8, and 9; and DOT has received official documentation of support from boards 2, 3 and 8.

The proposed traffic calming plan involves painting parking lane lines on both sides of the street to define the parking area. Where traffic volumes are low, a single 11-foot wide center travel lane and wide parking lanes will be implemented. In busier sections, two 10-foot wide travel lanes will be marked, in addition to two 7-foot wide parking lanes. The most noticeable change will be the addition of three traffic lanes for the half-block south of Atlantic Avenue meant to allow more cars to wait for the light.

Classon Avenue will also be re-surfaced south of Atlantic Avenue, and signal timing will be adjusted to improve traffic flow. The anticipated schedule for installation of these facilities is Spring 2012.

As has been by Patch, there were 357 injuries from traffic accidents on Classon Avenue between 2005 and 2009.

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CH Deniz March 06, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I think this is a really good idea. I cringe every time I walk by the corners of Classon/ Sterling and Classon/ St. John's because of the obvious evidence of cars jumping the sidewalks and slamming into things: the traffic light post that was knocked down and laid on the corner for months; the iron fence with a huge dent in it around St. Teresa's de Avila church, the strange little red post with the pretty graphic bent and warped from being crashed into. All I think is what if people had been standing on those corners when those vehicles jumped the curb? People who treat Classon Avenue like a speedway and wield there car like it's some god-given right to be reckless should remember that they could be only a second away from killing themselves (which matters less to me, frankly, if they drive so recklessly) but more importantly committing manslaughter. I mean, come on, this is a residential area in the middle of a huge city with kids playing on the sidewalk, parents and strollers, bikers, skateboarders, people just walking around. Classon is NOT Atlantic Avenue but people go hurtling down the street like it is, thinking that they're in total control of a few tons of steel. But, corner after corner of Classon Avenue tells a different story, the story of a lot of overconfident drivers making lots of reckless and PREVENTABLE mistakes. Have some respect for human life and SLOW THE EFF DOWN.

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