The extra lanes you’ve got, the higher site visitors will circulate, proper?
That’s as soon as once more the pondering behind the newest fattening of the Staten Island Expressway, the interstate operating by the intestine of the Forgotten Borough that’s so despised by residents of the Rock, they name it the “Distressway.”
However the politicians and and state planners watching site visitors creep by close to the westbound Richmond Avenue exit early Monday afternoon had been all smiles as they cheered a $3.3-million “auxiliary lane” that may prolong a bit greater than half a mile from the exit of the Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway to the South Avenue exit (map under):
They are saying the brand new lane — the fourth on this part of the freeway — will scale back congestion by giving westbound drivers from the MLK Expressway extra time to merge into New Jersey-bound site visitors.
Rep. Max Rose (D–S.I.), who’s battling to carry his seat amid a problem from Republican Meeting Member Nicole Malliotakis, stated his aim is to make sure that automobile drivers get extra asphalt.
“This isn’t one thing that’s anecdotal, and this isn’t one thing that ought to be minimized,” Rose stated. “Each minute, each second, each hour that we give individuals again from their horrendous commutes and this site visitors nightmare is extra time with their households, extra time for leisure, extra time to put money into themselves. We will do higher, and right this moment we are saying we’ve got a plan to do higher. We’re not going to let up till that is totally solved.”
However is including a brand new lane for all site visitors the reply? When Streetsblog requested about induced demand — the basic legislation of freeway congestion which states that including lanes for automobiles reduces site visitors solely briefly, till the brand new lane will get overwhelmed — Rose brushed it off as poppycock.
“Let’s really attempt to assist individuals right here. That’s what that is all about,” he stated. “Not some theoretical notion.”
Humorous how NYS manages to search out cash it supposedly would not have for asthmaway widenings whereas speaking about huge doomsday @MTA cuts.
— nerdy.nel (@nerdynel17) October 27, 2020
About 10 years in the past, the state invested more than $75 million to widen and reconfigure about three-quarters of Interstate 278 between the Verrazzano-Narrows and Goethals bridges. That plan focused the strip roughly between the Verrazzano and Victory Boulevard, with additional lanes, new entrances and exits, and two full-time HOV lanes put in. But it surely neglected this portion of the roadway, which now routinely backs up as site visitors heads towards Jersey within the afternoon.
State officers stated they would supply Streetsblog with numbers evaluating automobile and congestion counts on the whole thing of the roadway from earlier than and after that work was accomplished. (We’ll publish a narrative once we get these stats.)
On the plus aspect, the every day back-up has led among the Island’s elected officers, together with Rose, to push for the extension of the HOV lane on the Jersey-bound side all the way to the Goethals Bridge — which might give extra room to buses and automobiles carrying at the very least three passengers whereas not taking away house from vans and low-occupancy automobiles.
That plan hasn’t been accepted by the state, however, in keeping with state Division of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez, it’s on the desk.
“That’s one thing that was all the time into consideration, and we’re going to proceed to have a look at it,” she stated.