Kent Avenue traffic will soon be a lot slower, thanks to three traffic signals which will soon be installed along the avenue at North 5th, North 6th, and North 7th streets.
The Department of Transportation will install the traffic signals and countdown clocks in an effort to curb the speeding and to quell the concerns of residents who worry about the developing thoroughfare’s lack of safety.
The signals were something that local elected officials have long fought for. With residential and recreational development rapidly growing in North Brooklyn, the legislators and the community began to urge the city to study the traffic patterns and take steps to protect pedestrians and all users.
Assemblyman Joe Lentol says the installations will ensure safety for Williamsburg families.
“Crossing at these corners has been harrowing. Now, the way to the park will be a safe and enjoyable stroll,” he said.
State Senator Daniel Squadron, who has pushed for the changes since he took office in 2009, echoed Lentol.
“As North Brooklyn and its waterfront grow, these safety improvements must happen in tandem with development, not after,” he said, while lauding the DOT’s decision to install the signals.
The traffic signals are the latest adjustment to the avenue, after it was converted to a one-way northbound in 2009. Kent Avenue also serves as a truck route and popular bike path.
Councilman Stephen Levin is glad that the DOT is now on the same page as residents.
“The installation of traffic lights along Kent Avenue will make this neighborhood a safer place for all pedestrians, and especially the children in the neighborhood,” he said.
The installation of the signals is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2012.