By Georgia Kral
Crossing under the BQE across Hamilton Avenue on Clinton Street is the best way for school children and residents of Red Hook and Carroll Gardens to pass between the two neighborhoods.
The usual (safer) route, the Hamilton Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses over the highway, is closed for repairs. It will not re-open until at least the end of October.
A recent meeting held by State Senator Daniel Squadron, and attended by community groups and representatives of the 76 Precinct and other elected officials, called on the State DOT to increase safety for residents and children who now have to cross the notoriously dangerous Hamilton Avenue.
At the meeting, the DOT agreed to work with the community on making sure people who use the bridge on a daily basis, including school children who attend the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies and the Brooklyn New School on Henry Street, are aware of safe detours.
Today a flyer was released detailing the safest pedestrian route to use while the bridge is closed.
"With school starting this week, it's critical that students have a safe, alternative route to school while the Hamilton Avenue bridge gets the repairs it so desperately needs," said Squadron.