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March 2, 2012

Classon Avenue is Latest Atlantic Yards Battleground

The Local [Fort Greene/Clinton Hill]
by Jessica Thomas

Residents of Classon Avenue are calling for a ban on left turns from Atlantic Avenue onto the northbound roadway in hopes of cutting off a likely escape valve for fans leaving the Barclays Center after the 19,000-seat venue opens in September.

The Classon, Lexington and Quincy multi-block association believes that many drivers will use Classon — rather than Flatbush or westbound Atlantic Avenue — as a route to the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway after attending events at the arena. To prevent that, the group collected more than a thousand signatures on petitions calling for a ban on left turns.

It is unclear how many Barclays Center-goers will drive to the arena at the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues. A 2006 study estimated that 35 percent of fans would arrive in a car — a conservative estimate that would nonetheless translate to more than 2,300 extra vehicles in the already packed area.

Residents fear that many of those cars will end up on Classon Avenue because the city has already banned left turns onto Vanderbilt and Washington Avenues from Atlantic Avenue citing unsafe conditions for pedestrians at those intersections.
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A full study of post-game transportation flow is expected to be revealed in May, months overdue. It is unclear if it will fully address the problem of post-game traffic; the Atlantic Yards project’s final environmental impact statement in 2006 did not address traffic concerns on Classon, which was deemed outside the study area.

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Posted by eric at March 2, 2012 11:07 AM