‘It’s going to be a disaster:’ Morris Park fights against 'Road Diet' safety plan

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Morris Park Avenue, the heart of the East Bronx neighborhood, has an issue with the city that has residents up in arms.

The “Road Diet” safety plan cuts Morris Park Avenue from four lanes to two, and would make parking on the busy street even more difficult, according to residents.

Al D'Angelo is well known around the neighborhood with his roles as the head of the Morris Park Community Association and chairman of Community Board 11. 

"All our homeowners are against it, the BID is against it, our community board is against it and the city's going to do it anyway” says D’Angelo.

A local businessowner told News 12, "It’s going to be a disaster, not just for us, the restaurants especially."

Running out of options, D'Angelo tells News 12 Community Board 11 is discussing taking the city to court.

A Department of Transportation spokesperson tells News 12 in a statement in part, "the city made the decision to move forward with this design because it is the one that offers the greatest protection to the largest number of street users." They add they hope to begin work in spring 2019 and should be completed in one month depending on weather conditions.

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