Department of Transportation proposes narrowing 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge

Officials planned several traffic changes in response to residents' complaints.

Officials planned several traffic changes in response to residents' complaints. (3/26/13)

BROOKLYN - The city's Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing major traffic changes for Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge.

Officials want to narrow the busy thoroughfare down to a single lane in each direction between Ovington Avenue and 84th Street, according to the Brooklyn Paper. The plan is in response to numerous complaints from residents about speeding, double parking and pedestrian safety.

Other proposed changes include a concrete pedestrian island at the 86th Street intersection and a left turning bay at 75th Street. The plan would also remove several parking spots, creating space for doctors and patients from an area office to leave their vehicles.

The DOT also hopes to put in traffic calming dropoff areas and curb extensions.

City officials say they'll make changes to the proposal based on concerns in the next few weeks before they submit it to Community Board 10 for approval.

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