Major Bus, Subway Interruptions Coming To North Brooklyn

March 19, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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WILLIAMSBURG — A number of major transportation projects are headed to North Brooklyn, and Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) wants to make residents aware of upcoming service changes before they head out on their morning commutes.

These changes include an eight-month detour that will go into effect on the B48 bus route to accommodate the Nassau Avenue Reconstruction Project, as well as several weekends of shuttle bus service to replace the G train while track work is being done.

“While I recognize that this will be disruptive for my constituents, I also know the updates to Nassau Avenue are going to be vital for our neighborhood,” said Lentol.

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The B48 will be rerouted from now through October while the Nassau Avenue Project is in progress. “My office has been in constant contact with the MTA, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Design and Construction to monitor plans for the Nassau Avenue Project as well as the detouring of the B48 bus,” said Lentol.

“I have continually emphasized the need for this project to have as little impact as possible on the day-to-day lives of our neighborhood, as well as the need for constant community outreach so that people can stay informed about progress and any proposed changes,” he said.

The assemblyman added that he lives right off of Nassau Avenue where the reconstruction will be taking place, so he is acutely aware of the impact that the project will have on the community.

The project will last eight months and includes work on water mains, hydrants, sewers, pedestrian ramps, roadways and street lighting. It carries a price tag of $10 million.

“Although these types of transit disruptions are never fun, the plan is meant to benefit the community in the long run and it is my hope that the city recognizes the necessity of impacting the neighborhood as little as possible while still completing the work in a timely fashion,” said Lentol.

In addition, for three upcoming weekends, the G train will be replaced with a shuttle bus from Bedford-Nostrand to Court Square in both directions. The shutdowns will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturdays and service will resume at 5 a.m. Mondays during the weekends of April 14 to 16, June 30 to July 2 and July 7 to 9.

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