The Williamsburg/Greenpoint civic group OUTRAGE hosted officials from the Department of Transportation on Feb. 27 in St. Francis of Paola Church to present the city’s design plans for rebuilding the Kosciuszko Bridge.
Residents expressed concerns the long-term project would have on traffic in the area.
“How much traffic is going to increase in the area when construction begins on the eastbound lanes?” asked Sonia Lopez of Greenpoint. “How am I going to travel in the neighborhood to get home with the traffic already congested as it is?”
The Kosciuszko Bridge, connecting Brooklyn to Queens, is facing a massive $800 million reconstruction project by the city and State. The DOT plans to rebuild a six-lane bridge with bike and pedestrian lanes and some green space. The construction, which will take place next to the current bridge, is expected to begin this spring and will last at least seven years.
DOT project manager Robert Adams said the city has partnered with the Police Department and expects to maintain normal traffic conditions.
“The impact of the project on quality of life has the potential to be enormous,” said Councilman Steve Levin. “We need real engagement that is deep and meaningful. OUTRAGE has done a great job of calling attention to it.”
Meanwhile, OUTRAGE also introduced its new task force to help improve truck traffic that has plagued and polluted the community for years. The group gave out log sheets for residents to record when they see truck violations in the area.
“The task force was created with the police precincts to monitor illegal truck traffic through Williamsburg and Greenpoint,” said Ray Kairya, OUTRAGE chairman.
In addition to garbage trucks, there’s also the issue of cement trucks in North Brooklyn.
“Cement companies need to stop dumping on our streets,” said David Dobosz of Williamsburg. “They know it’s wrong. The streets are littered with stones from their residue and it erodes the streets.”
“I’ve lived on Morgan Avenue for nine years now, and it’s hard for me to go to sleep without hearing the noise from the trucks,” agreed Councilman Steve Levin.