Atlantic Avenue BID encourages residents to give DOT feedback regarding BQE truck reroutes

The Department of Transportation says the purpose of the citywide redesign is to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion.

Daniella Rodriguez

Jun 10, 2024, 10:01 PM

Updated 3 days ago

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The Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) says they want Brooklyn residents to speak up about the recent truck reroutes.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) says the purpose of the citywide redesign is to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion. Boerum Hill residents say they have seen chaos on Atlantic Avenue.
“I don’t to walk around with headphones anymore just because I have a couple of friends who have gotten hit," one resident said. “In the time that I’ve lived here there been two people on bikes virtually in front of my house," another person told News 12.
The DOT implemented a "STOP HERE ON RED" sign between Hoyt Street and Smith Street on Atlantic Avenue. However, there are no cameras in the area. News 12 saw cars and motorcycles driving past the red light, and parking right up to the crosswalk.
"We were recently called the new 'Boulevard of Death' and that is not how we should be known," said Kelly Carroll, executive director at the Atlantic Avenue BID. "This is way too wonderful of a place to be known as that but without change that unfortunately the reputation that we are going to have.”
In a statement to News 12, the DOT states, "NYC DOT is taking a thoughtful and strategic approach to the truck route network redesign. We are carefully considering all public feedback as we prioritize safety, especially for critical transportation arteries like Atlantic Avenue.”


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