Downtown Brooklyn residents worried about environmental impact of Adams Street construction

Residents near Adams Street in Downtown Brooklyn say they're worried the Department of Transportation's upcoming construction project will negatively impact the surrounding environment. Residents say

The DOT plans to widen and extend paths for pedestrians and cyclists.

The DOT plans to widen and extend paths for pedestrians and cyclists. (2/25/14)

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN - Residents near Adams Street in Downtown Brooklyn say they're worried the Department of Transportation's upcoming construction project will negatively impact the surrounding environment.

The DOT plans to widen and extend paths for pedestrians and cyclists. While the project would replace the current cement and metal barriers with trees and plants, it would also eliminate a row of parking on a nearby service road.

Residents say they're concerned about construction affecting air quality and creating noise pollution. Some residents have asked the DOT to do an environmental impact study before construction begins this year, but they were told a study wasn't necessary. A spokesperson with the DOT says the project was planned in full compliance with the city's environmental quality reviews process.

Brooklyn Councilman Stephen Levin (D) says he's in favor of the construction, but wants the DOT to make sure it maintains an active dialogue to keep residents informed.

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