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August 10, 2012

Traffic signal, street lights back at Sixth Avenue and Dean Street intersection after being out for a few nights (at least); why didn't anyone official step up sooner?

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder follows up on the dangerous situation at Dean Street and Sixth Avenue.

An update on Atlantic Yards Watch August 7:

the lights were out again last night (August 7, 2012) around 11pm. Still no signs, no traffic agents. Still dangerous.

Arana Hankin, Director, Atlantic Yards Project, Empire State Development, responded earlier today to my query:

Just got word that DOT repaired this issue last night. They repaired a defective cable.

The lingering questions: How long was this out? Why did it take even a few days to repair? And if the intersection was dangerous, why didn't anyone official or working nearby--including the police department, the Department of Transportation, and Forest City Ratner and its contractors--set up a safety protocol?

After all, according to Atlantic Yards Watch, while the light was out, there was an accident, apparently, though it's not clear exactly what happened.


NoLandGrab: Surely this has nothing to do with the headlong rush to complete construction of Bruce Ratner's basketball palace by September 28th.

Related coverage...

Atlantic Yards Report, At edge of area block, Sixth Avenue becomes dangerous: two accidents in recent days

The corner of Sixth Avenue and Dean Street, at the southeast corner of the arena block, has been disturbingly busy lately--not only were streetlights and traffic signals out, now back, apparently, there was a significant accident recently, caused, perhaps, by the lack of a traffic signal.

One block north, at Sixth Avenue and Pacific Street, an errant construction vehicle did major damage to a pole with a traffic signal, causing pedestrians to walk in the street, not the safest path.

Anyone observing the chaos has to wonder: what would be the ripple effects if such impacts occurred when the arena next door were up and operating, generating far more traffic?

Posted by eric at August 10, 2012 12:39 PM