The protocols for construction trucks described "as significantly improved" yesterday by FCRC's Adam Schwartz at the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet are documented being repeatedly violated earlier yesterday morning and today by multiple incident reports filed on this website.
Only hours before Schwartz spoke at Brooklyn Borough Hall, project-related trucks were advancing before the receiving gate was ready, idling, standing in no-standing and no parking zones, ignoring a stop sign, driving the wrong way on a one-way street, and not obeying NYCDOT designated truck routes.
At the District Service Cabinet FCRC's Schwartz stated, "the guard does not release trucks from our site until the gate is ready to receive them." The guard is located at Pacific Street and Carlton Avenue. In following this protocol the trucks enter the project site from Vanderbilt Avenue and line up inside the project footprint on the former Pacific Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues. This is apparently done in the hope of lessening impacts on the residents who live along the stretch of Pacific Street between Carlton and 6th Avenues that would not ordinarily be a truck route.
But this protocol was not followed. Instead, the incident reports document trucks lining up on the public portion of Pacific Street at 6th Avenue as well as on 6th Avenue. Trucks are also shown entering one-way Pacific Street the wrong way from 6th Avenue. Although the camera did not pivot in time to capture it, the filer reports 5 trucks enter from Carlton Avenue. Carlton Avenue is not a truck route. The videos also capture trucks driving north on South Portland Street.
The early hours yesterday are documented in incident reports 309 and 310. Both are titled "The Attack of the Dump Trucks." The reports include three well-indexed videos, and document a half hour of truck activity that include multiple apparent truck protocol violations. An indexed video included with an incident report today also shows similar violations.
At the time and from the single location the videos were all filmed, more trucks were associated with railyard than arena-related work and therefore committed more violations. But trucks associated with arena work do not appear to proportionately conform better to the rules and requirements outlined on the ESDC website than railyard-related trucks and only two of the many arena block entrances are visible from the location of the camera.
The incidents occurred around 6 AM which is earlier than the construction hours normally allowed in NYC of 7 AM to 6 PM. The most recent construction alert provides notice that the contractor of the arena, Hunt, has been issued a permit to have deliveries occur between 6 AM and 7 AM in order to "reduce congestion and interference with local traffic." The permit is issued on a week-by-week basis, but the intention is to use this time-frame until the arena is complete.
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To flow the traffic smoothly and regularly, it's most important to follow the traffic rules properly each and every one whether it is by small vehicle driver or of the Big Trucks one. It traffic rules are followed properly then meany of the accidents are saved from happen.