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DOT to Add Loading Zones to W 55th Street

In a quick followup to the concerns about the protected bike lane on the south side of West 55th Street, the DOT now says it will add four striped "no standing anytime" sections to West 55th street, which can be used for quick taxi dropoff, car service pickups, ambulance stops, etc. (Read last week's email for more background.)

DOT is able to move quickly because the contractor is still in the area and thus will be able to make the additions in the next two weeks. 

See a copy of the drawing below. It's a little hard to tell exactly where the new loading zones will be because there are no street addresses, but the small triangles at the top (north side) of the drawing are the fire hydrants--if that helps you get your bearings. 

"As far as the rumble strips, their use on this block would not be a standard treatment, so we would have to review this with our design and engineering teams," Kimberly Rancourt, director of special projects at NYC's Department of Transportation, wrote in an email. 

Many thanks to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, CB4's Christine Berthet, Mike Dugan at the NYPD and the DOT for working together so quickly to address the situation. 

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