The gateway to Brooklyn from the historic Brooklyn Bridge is currently being redesigned by DOT and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) as part of a capital reconstruction project. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 with a multi-million dollar budget, encompassing all of Tillary Street and portions of Adams Street.
The project includes traffic safety and landscaping improvements along Tillary Street from Cadman Plaza West to Prince Street, on Adams Street from Red Cross Place to Tech Place, and on Cadman Plaza East from Red Cross Place to Tillary Street. These improvements include relocating and rebuilding medians, installing and widening planted medians, sidewalk widening and new curb extensions.
This project builds on the work of the Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming report as well as recent short-term improvements including 2008 modifications to the bridge entrance (pdf). DOT has released the results of its analysis of these modifications (pdf).
Draft Conceptual Plan
On January 27, 2009, DOT held a public workshop, attended by approximately 60 people, to begin collecting input for the project. View the presentation from the workshop (pdf) Download a summary of participant issues and suggestions (pdf)
DOT developed a draft conceptual design for the gateway area using the input from the public workshop. This conceptual design was presented at a second public meeting on June 23, 2009. View the presentation from the meeting (pdf) and view the summary of the feedback collected at the meeting. (pdf) DOT will continue to refine the conceptual design. Read the DOT's finding that an environmental review is not required for this project (pdf) (CEQR Type II Determination). View the NEPA assessment checklist (pdf). View the Federal Wage Rate Certification (pdf).
Updated Conceptual Plan
In September 2011, DOT presented a project update, including an updated conceptual design, to the Community Board 2 Transportation Committee. The committee was excited about the upcoming changes and had constructive comments, which DOT will forward to the Department of Design and Construction (DDC). DDC is responsible for both the preliminary and final designs and construction. DOT will work with DDC to ensure there is opportunity for continued community input as design progresses. Download the presentation to Brooklyn Community Board 2 Transportation Committee in September 2011)(pdf)
In December, 2013, DOT presented an update on the project, with proposed renderings of landscape treatments. The presentation was given to update the community on the background of the project, the previous outreach and participation efforts, the current design of project. Download the presentation to Brooklyn Community Board 2 Transportation Committee on December 17, 2013)(pdf)
After years of receiving public input and revisions to the proposal, DDC began construction in late 2015 on the first phase along Adam Street from Johnson St to Red Cross Pl. View the presentation of the final plans (pdf)