Friday, September 30, 2011

Trucks still idle improperly at Atlantic Yards site, move from Pacific Street "No Standing" zone to Atlantic Avenue "No Standing" zone

Well, someone managing work at the Atlantic Yards site has been reading Atlantic Yards Watch. And they've apparently decided that, if they're going to continue to flout city parking rules by idling trucks in the early morning, it's better to do it on a non-residential street.

But Atlantic Yards Watch contributors are still watching.


In other words, the dump trucks that for weeks have for weeks been idling on Pacific Street between Sixth and Carlton avenues, occupying a "No Standing" zone, yesterday appeared (above) on Atlantic Avenue, occupying a "No Standing" zone between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues.



FEIS said it would be fine


According to Chapter 17, Construction Impacts, of the Atlantic Yards Final Environmental Statement (FEIS), there was no reason to expect such a stack-up:
As is the case on almost all large urban construction sites, materials deliveries to the site would be highly regimented and scheduled. Because of the high level of construction activity and constrained space, unscheduled or haphazard deliveries would not be allowed. For example, during excavation, each dump truck would be assigned a specific time that it must arrive on the site and a specific allotment of time to receive its load.

...Block 1129 would be used for the staging of construction materials, and for equipment and trucks that are awaiting their scheduled appointment at one of the construction sites. Entrances to the staging area would be via Vanderbilt and Carlton Avenues onto the closed portion of Pacific Street. During Phase 1, when the construction is taking place on the arena block and Site 5, the exits would be on Pacific Street and Carlton Avenue. The use of Block 1129 as a staging area would minimize the number of trucks waiting on the street for access to the construction area. The trucks, except for concrete mixers, would be required to turn off their engines while waiting.
(Emphases added)

Not "a significant adverse impact"


Also:
During Phase I, when a substantial number of construction activities are taking place on the arena block, trucks would exit the staging area at Pacific Street and Carlton Avenue and access the construction sites by Pacific Street. Trucks that are not required to utilize the staging area could access the arena block on Flatbush Avenue or on Dean Street west of 6th Avenue. Therefore, as there would be multiple points of access to the arena block and the staging area would limit the numbers of trucks waiting on the streets surrounding the project site, the construction-related traffic would not have a significant adverse impact on surrounding land uses.

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