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W’burg board: One-way a no-go for Wallabout Street, for now

W’burg board: One-way a no-go for Wallabout Street, for now
It don’t fit: Narrow Wallabout Street is bursting at the seams with traffic.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

There is only one way to fix this problem.

That is what the city is saying about the traffic on Williamsburg’s Wallabout Street, a chaotic two-way route that planners at the transportation department want to make one-way. Members of a local panel agree that the road is too narrow for the heavy traffic it sees.

“Two trucks or buses cannot go down the road at the same time and there have been many accidents and it is very dangerous for pedestrians,” said Community Board 1 member Karen Nieves.

But the board postponed a vote on the city’s proposal to transform the street into a one-way last week because it would take away precious space on the road’s shoulders, they said.

“Businesses need to be able to load and unload from 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays,” Nieves said to explain the no-vote.

Be that as it may, something must be done to make the thoroughfare more navigable, a neighbor said.

“The traffic on this road is horrendous,” said Avi Dovich, who lives nearby and frequently drives in the area. “I go a different way at all costs.”

The board will continue examining how to address the problem, Nieves said.

“We just need a solution that will fit everyone,” she said.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.

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