A plan to make crossing a busy Brooklyn street safer is not getting as much support as the city might want. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
Ask anyone what it's like to get across 4th Avenue at Union Street in Brooklyn and you will likely hear something like this:
"It's a little scary, I do it all of the time. You have to be very careful," said one Park Slope resident.
That's why the city's Department of Transportation wants to redesign the thoroughfare between Atlantic Avenue and 15th Street in Park Slope and Gowanus. It includes measures like reducing the number of travel lanes from three to two in most spots and eliminating eight left turn lanes.
Last week in a non-binding vote, Community Board 6 disapproved of the plan, although just a month earlier its transportation committee showed support for it.
"I think we didn't have enough time for people to fully understand exactly what was being proposed, and frankly there were a lot of significant concerns over what the banning of the left turns would do as far as mobility and access goes," said CB6 District Manager Craig Hammerman.
The DOT notes the stretch of 4th Avenue between 15th and 65th Streets in Sunset Park has already been completed. One woman says it has made crossing 4th Avenue less worrisome for her.
"Definitely, it's so much easier," said the woman.
The advocacy group Transportation Alternatives supports the DOT plan, saying it is the result of a lot of community input.
"This is now going to be the same design that goes all the way from Bay Ridge through Sunset Park into Gowanus, Park Slope and into Boerum Hill. So you have this consistent safe design across what is a very dangerous street," said Transportation Alternatives Deputy Director Noah Budnick.
The DOT says it looks forward to continuing its dialogue with Community Board 6.
The board has called for a special meeting in July to hear what they hope is a modified plan for 4th Avenue.