The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Forest City Ratner announces AY traffic change on Flatbush Avenue
Posted: July 26, 2010 - 7:13pm

To accommodate upgrades to the MTA vent structures along Flatbush Avenue, a part of the Atlantic Yards project, beginning on Friday, August 20, 2010, Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation have announced that the traffic pattern on Flatbush Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue and Dean Street) will be altered.

According to FCR’s announcement, the changes are intended to improve pedestrian conditions on the northeast side of Flatbush Avenue while maintaining three lanes of vehicular traffic in the peak travel direction. These changes will be in place through early 2012.

These blocks of Flatbush Avenue will be temporarily re-striped from six to five travel lanes. Two travel lanes will be maintained in each direction at all times, with a reversible center lane to provide a third travel lane in the peak direction. On weekdays, from 7 AM to 10 AM, there will be three northbound travel lanes and two southbound travel lanes; at all other times (including nights and weekends) there will be three southbound travel lanes and two northbound lanes. Pedestrian pathways will be maintained on each side of Flatbush Avenue, subject to intermittent overnight closure based on construction activities and safety concerns. These changes necessitate the temporary removal of the southeast-bound B41/B67 bus stop on Flatbush Avenue at Fifth Avenue. Passengers can use the bus stop on Flatbush Avenue (at Bergen Street) for southeast-bound B41/B67 service or the bus stop on Flatbush Avenue (at Atlantic Avenue) for southeast-bound B41 service. Northwest-bound bus service will not be affected.

Advisory signs and No Standing Anytime signs will be required to accommodate the new traffic pattern and traffic agents will be assigned to facilitate the flow of traffic.

The implementation date for the changes was originally announced as August 1, but was subsequently pushed back to August 20 for unspecified reasons.

Questions relating to this project may be addressed to:

The FCR Community Liaison announcement is available here.