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Morris Park businesses rejoice as Vision Zero construction put on hold

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Morris Park business leaders say they are relieved after a court ruled in favor of temporarily barring the city from moving forward with its Vision Zero plan for the area.

Construction was supposed to already have started on Morris Park Avenue to add 1.5 miles of bike lanes, turning lanes and high-visibility crosswalks, while removing what the DOT called a "low-volume travel lane."

Councilman Mark Gjonaj joined in the celebration on the decision that they say would have affected parking, damaged local business and worsened congestion.

"This should be a wake up call to this administration, so we can reconsider the 'City Hall knows' approach, and have a dialog with the community on the best way forward," says Gjonaj.

In a prior report, a DOT spokesperson told News 12 that Morris Park Avenue is a Vision Zero priority corridor where multiple fatalities have been reported.

Area residents say they aren't against safety projects, but want to see other ideas brought to the table.

Another court hearing is expected by the end of the month.

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