Mayor promises traffic agent to alleviate Clinton-Grand traffic jam

At tonight’s District One town hall with Councilmember Margaret Chin and Mayor de Blasio, the Mayor pledged to dispatch a traffic agent to the Clinton-Grand intersection to alleviate the problems of pedestrian safety, congestion, and incessant honking while a Department of Transportation traffic study gets underway on this over-used approach to the Williamsburg Bridge.

Cars lined up on narrow Clinton Street to get on to the Williamsburg Bridge. (Photo from The Lo-Down.)
Last night’s action was prompted by a question at the Town Hall by East River cooperator Tommy Loeb, representing Grand Street Democrats at the town hall. The Mayor, Steve Hellman from NYPD’s 7th Precinct, and DOT commissioner Polly Trottenberg all agreed with Tommy’s suggestion.

This troubled intersection has been the focus of a local petition that now has almost 600 signatures and a letter from local representatives urging the DOT to study the issue.

The traffic issue at Grand & Clinton — resulting in grid lock all the way east on Grand Street, with cars honking and jockeying for position — has a been a problem for years. In 2012 the street patterns were changed to alleviate congestion on Delancey that had resulted in serious pedestrian accidents. Since then, Grand Street residents have been saying that Clinton Street was never designed to be a major approach to the Williamsburg Bridge, which is what it has become. With Essex Crossing construction, the problem has become more acute and is likely to get worse.

Pressure needs to be maintained on city officials and local representatives to make sure this problem finally gets solved.

Amalgamated Meet & Greet: June 12

Amalgamated Meet & Greet

Monday, June 12
6:00 – 7:30 pm

At the home of
Carrie Sammarco

Petitioning begins: June 6

Petitioning begins

To get Caroline Laskow and Lee Berman elected to Democratic District Leaders in September election, first we need 500 registered Democrats to sign our Designating Petitions. That means we need an active volunteer corps to knock on doors and stand on street corners getting those signatures. This is one of the most important things you can do for the campaign! Please sign up for as many volunteer slots as you can, and encourage your friends to join you.

Campaign kick-off: May 30

Campaign Kick-Off
Free and open to all

Tuesday, May 30
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Seward Community Room
264 East Broadway
Featuring Kosher Ice Cream from Adirondack Creamery

Celebration & Fundraiser: May 22

Grand Street Democrats Celebration and Fundraiser

Monday, May 22
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Dirt Candy
86 Allen Street

East River Meet & Greet: May 17

East River Meet & Greet

Wednesday, May 17
6:00 – 7:30 pm

At the home of
Michelle Stern & Andrew Federman

Hillman Meet & Greet: May 15

Hillman Meet & Greet

Monday, May 15
6:30 – 8:00 pm

At the home of
David & Aliza Deutsch

East River Meet & Greet: May 10

East River Meet & Greet

Wednesday, May 10
6:00 – 7:30 pm

At the home of
Paul Lipson