Fort Hamilton pedestrian islands to be removed

BOROUGH PARK - Some pedestrian islands in Fort Hamilton will be removed by the city after residents and Rep. Dov Hikind (D-48th District) called for their removal.

The Department of Transportation agreed to the removal after Hikind presented the city with 1,100 signatures from residents who say the medians at Fort Hamilton Parkway and 47th, 46th and 45th streets are slowing down fire trucks as they navigate through traffic.

Residents also say the islands block ambulances rushing to nearby Maimonedes Medical Center.

Hikind says it cost a few thousand dollars to install the islands, but would not comment on how much it will cost to remove them.

The islands are expected to be removed by the end of the summer.

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