Residents: DOT 'Road Diet' changes causing headachesPosted: Updated:
Residents in the Morris Park community say the Department of Transportation's "Road Diet" plan is already causing issues in the community.
As the plan continues to move forward, some residents say it is weighing heavy on the many who live and work in the area.
Morris Park Avenue, which was recently a four-lane roadway traveling north and south, has been reduced to two lanes. The two lanes have a designated turning lane and bike lane on both sides of the street.
One resident told News 12 they used to ride their bike and never needed a bike lane. Shop owners also say the changes are already affecting their bottom line.
They say it will hurt their business since people can't park as it is in the area. They say there will be many tickets due to the changes.
For months the road work was challenged by lawsuits by a group of Morris Park merchants. This was in an effort to stop DOT from implementing the changes.
Designated loading zones for trucks have also been added along the busy corridor to help reduce double parking and lane congestion.
DOT continues to maintain the modifications along the Avenue. They say it is being done to improve safety, which some Bronx residents agree with.
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