By Joy Bergmann
About a dozen residents and business owners expressed their frustration at a Community Board meeting Tuesday with new rules prohibiting left turns onto 64th Street from southbound Broadway. Plastic barriers were set up at the intersection by NYC DOT right after Labor Day.
Wendy Topkis said, “Now I can only turn east at 68th Street or 61st Street. It’s adding 5 to 10 minutes commute every time. And, how is this affecting emergency response times on my block?”
The changes are part of a larger plan meant to make pedestrians and bicyclists in Lincoln Square safer.
CB7 Transportation Committee Co-Chair Andrew Albert said the committee had predicted such problems when the DOT proposed the change to improve both traffic flow and pedestrian safety. The Committee pledged to relay the residents’ concerns to the DOT and to seek data from emergency service agencies about any adverse impact on response time.