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Barclays Center contractor Laquila regularly sends trucks down local streets and past Dean Playground

 

Illegal Atlantic Yards construction truck on Dean from tracy collins on Vimeo.

In the last week construction trucks have been sighted regularly on Dean Street between 6th and Vanderbilt Avenues.  A resident of Carlton Avenue from Dean to Pacific Streets also states trucks have lined up there early in the morning.

The trucks on Dean Street largely appear to be associated with Laquila, a contractor working on Barclays Center.  Many trucks are loaded with gravel and travel past Dean Playground, down Dean Street to Vanderbilt, turn left on Vanderbilt and left again into the former Pacific Street.  They may be delivering gravel to a site on block 1129 where the gravel is sifted and loaded back on trucks.

According to a driver interrupted mid-trip at the intersection of Dean Street and Carlton Avenue on Friday July 1st, no information has been provided to Laquila drivers about the routes to take from the arena block.

Likewise, no information has been provided the public by the ESDC or FCRC outlining the route construction trucks are meant to take leaving the arena block.  Barclays Center Delivery Truck Rules and Requirements posted on the ESDC website specify, "All trucks shall be required to use NYCDOT-designated truck routes for traveling to and from the construction site, which include primarily Atlantic Avenue, Flatbush Avenue, 4th Avenue and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway except as required for movement between construction staging and construction areas."

NYC truck regulations require the driver to take the route that results in the shortest trip on local streets to the designated truck route.  In the case of Barclays Center-related trucks leaving the arena block on Dean Street, this would appear to mean using 6th Avenue as a conduit to either Flatbush or Atlantic Avenues.  Revised truck routes described in recent construction alerts are now out of date, so they provide little guidance on the subject.  They never detailed exit routes from the arena block.

The video above and below were taken by cell phone on Dean Street while the Dean Street Block Association began set-up for their block party Saturday, June 25th.  A third truck was stopped by a policeman posted on the block in anticipation of the block party.  The first occurred at approximately 10:30 in the morning.  The next two came within an hour.  The policeman stated that to his understanding the 77th Precinct has not been notified about truck routes in relation to Atlantic Yards construction, so enforcement is not possible.

Note the video above contains footage of a construction truck without a Laquila logo but of the same type and on the same route, carrying an uncovered load of gravel.   It was actually the second of the three trucks that morning.  If as is likely it is a Barclays Center related construction truck, it is in violation of the commitments in the Amended Environmental Commitments Memo and the Barclays Center Delivery Truck Rules and Requirements.  The Truck Rules and Requirements state "trucks leaving site with loose material are required to be covered and properly sealed.  Trucks will not be allowed to leave site until the load is covered and properly sealed."  It also notes, "Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the non-compliant driver, and or/firm, being denied access to the site for the duration of the project."

Illegal Atlantic Yards construction truck on Dean from tracy collins on Vimeo.