Friday, July 24, 2009

NYC-DOT Adjusts "Signal Calming" on DeKalb Avenue

Please note that the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC-DOT) has re-adjusted the signals on DeKalb Avenue between Vanderbilt and Ashland Avenues to a 25 m.p.h. progression. This progression was installed in 2001 as a Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming pilot program, but over time some of the signals got “out of synch” and the consistent progression was lost.

The purpose of creating a progression slower than the posted speed limit (also known as “signal calming”) is to discourage speeding. Motorists starting from a red light will only be able to achieve a consistent speed of 25 m.p.h. Traveling faster than this will result in the motorist having to stop and wait for the next light to turn green.

NYC-DOT has looked into this phenomenon because community concerns about speeding on DeKalb Avenue. Though signal calming cannot completely prevent speeding, it does reduce average and 85th percentile speeds. If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, please call our District Office at (718) 260-9191.

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