Hoping to improve congested corridor
By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A stretch of Flatbush Avenue is called “scary” by residents and hair-raising by drivers. Now the city’s Department of Transportation wants your feedback about proposed safety improvements for this section of Flatbush, running between Ocean Avenue/Empire Boulevard and Nostrand Avenue.
Flatbush Avenue is one of roughly a dozen such avenues in the city’s “Congested Corridor” study. DOT hopes residents will examine the stretch’s issues and make recommendations to improve the lane configuration, reduce double parking and make the roadway safer.
To that end, a public meeting will take place on Monday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m., at Erasmus Hall Auditorium, 911 Flatbush Avenue. (Subway: Church Ave. B, Q; Bus: B41 to Church Ave.)
Suggestions on the table, according to Community Board 14, are safer lane widths, left-turn bays, commercial loading zones, new pavement markings and more.
Flatbush Avenue is a major connector to the Belt Parkway, Kings Highway, and the Rockaways to the south, and Prospect Park, Downtown Brooklyn, and the Manhattan Bridge to the north.
According to DOT, “a mix of heavy local retail, residential and institutional uses” clogs the street, with “high pedestrian volumes” along the entire corridor. Flatbush is particularly congested at the southern end where Brooklyn College is located, and at the major intersection with Nostrand Avenue known as the Junction.
For meeting information or special needs accommodations, contact Project Manager Ilana Wagner at (212) 839-7744 or visit the NYCDOT Web site at www.nyc.gov/dot