FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #06-73
Contact: Kay Sarlin (212) 442-7033
DOT to Install Traffic Signal on Van Brunt Street
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Iris Weinshall today announced the results of the Van Brunt Street traffic study, which included the finding that a traffic signal should be installed at the intersection of Van Brunt and Sullivan Streets. After a Fairway market opened in the area earlier this year, DOT received a request for a traffic signal from the Community Board. DOT engineers began a detailed traffic study this fall when schools were open and students could be seen crossing the streets and using the sidewalks.
"After extensive study we're happy to install this traffic light to help people cross Van Brunt Street safely," said DOT Commissioner Weinshall. "We will continue to monitor the traffic situation to ensure that we are doing everything we can to keep the neighborhood safe."
"This traffic light will improve traffic conditions along Van Brunt Street and make it easier for our students to cross," said P.S. 15 Principal Kathleen Leonard. "Our Safety Committee meets regularly with DOT to discuss traffic issues and this light has been on our wish list for some time. We're glad it's coming."
DOT engineers identified five intersections to analyze for traffic safety enhancements: Van Brunt Street and Commerce Street, Van Brunt Street and Pioneer Street, Van Brunt Street and Sullivan Street, Van Brunt Street and Wolcott Street and Van Brunt Street and Coffey Street. Using guidelines set by the Federal Highway Administration DOT examined conditions at each intersection. They looked at pedestrian and vehicular volumes, the number of accidents, vehicle speeds, visibility, signal spacing and the proximity of schools.
The key findings are summarized below:
Upon approval of a new traffic signal DOT engineers must determine where in the intersection to put the signals and how best to set the timing for the particular neighborhood. This process can take up to four months. The new parking regulations will be installed by the end of January.