4th Avenue traffic changes madden local merchants

The city's Department of Transportation (DOT) has created a no-standing zone along Fourth Avenue to ease morning congestion, but business owners in the area aren't pleased with the changes. Drivers can no longer park or stand on the northbound side of Fourth Avenue from Prospect Expressway to 38th Street during the morning commute.

Local merchants say the new rules are a hassle to drivers and are hurting sales. Some complain that they didn't know about the changes until the signs went up yesterday morning. DOT officials say they held meetings with residents, politicians and business owners before adjusting the flow of traffic. They say the changes are meant to curb speeding and improve safety in the area. DOT steps up traffic changes to ease 4th Avenue congestion News 12 BK Traffic Center

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