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REPOST: Finding A Safer Traffic Solution For 20th Street

Posted today on South Slope News, the take away from CB7’s and DOT’s presentation of additional plans to give relief to residents along the 20th Street truck route.

Discussions have been going on for years, an we’re not really sure any solutions will completely work (past or present). Ultimately some part of Greenwood Heights, Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace will be affected. Just feeling the best mix may not be there yet.

What do you think?

Here’s more from South Slope News:

“We don’t have any agenda except to make our street safer,” said 20th Street resident Miriam at a meeting on Tuesday night with the Department of Transportation, Community Board 7, and Community Board 14 — and it was a sentiment echoed by everyone in attendance.

With sleet falling outside, it was a fairly small turnout for the meeting at the Windsor Terrace Library, which is right around the midpoint of the areas the 20th Street Truck Route Area Study is looking at. Following a petition signed by more that 200 20th Street residents in 2010 citing property damage, congestion, and additional safety issues, the DOT launched the study to see if the truck route along that road might be altered to improve the situation.

“The issue on 20th Street is no so much that vehicles are being hit — it’s a safety issue for pedestrians,” said Miriam, her young son in tow. “For instance if you’re getting into your car, people’s doors have come off, people have been nudged into their cars. Because it’s a bit wild, people drive with a lot of bravado and crossing the street is quite difficult and scary.”

The study — which so far has involved analyzing land use and traffic and crash data, interviews with truck drivers on the street, arial surveys, and more — continues, and this meeting will be just one of more to come throughout the affected communities, because the issue is a fairly complicated one.

“We don’t have a solution yet that jumps out and says, ‘That’s the answer,’” said Stacey Hodge, director of the Office of Freight Mobility at the DOT. MORE>