Park Improvements: West Drive
March 26, 2016
Look forward to smoother bike rides, walks and runs through Prospect Park! The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has announced that the two-mile West Drive will be repaved beginning Monday, March 28. Due to the nature of the work, the West Drive will be closed to cyclists, runners and walkers through Friday, April 15, weather permitting.
NYC DOT will mill the existing paving before laying down new asphalt and restriping the Drive’s three lanes, from Grand Army Plaza to Park Circle, which will take place in segments with closures as the work proceeds. This work follows the recent improvements to the East Drive, which was repaved in 2012 and 2014.
The Prospect Park Alliance worked closely with NYC DOT to advocate for this project on behalf of Park users, who expressed strong interest in the repaving during community meetings and through a petition.
“The Alliance applauds the DOT for making this project a priority,” said Sue Donoghue, Prospect Park Alliance President. “This important work will ensure that the Park Drive is safe and usable for walkers, runners and cyclists for years to come.”
During the work, cyclists, walkers and runners are encouraged to use alternative routes. The West Drive has been closed to vehicular traffic since last summer. The public can stay up to date with the milling and paving schedule by visiting the NYCDOT website.