Safety changes to Canarsie road criticized by residents

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Changes made by the city's Department of Transportation to a Canarsie road meant to increase safety is receiving criticism from residents.

The changes are part of the 'Vision Zero' initiative. New turning lanes have been installed at the corner of Avenue L and Rockaway Parkway.

According to the DOT, Rockaway Parkway between Flatlands and Seaview avenues is one of the 10 worst corridors for pedestrian safety in the borough.

The department says more than 20 people were killed or severely injured along the parkway from 2010 to 2014. Residents say the changes have actually made the road more dangerous, and that it could cause drivers to drive on the wrong side of the street.

Residents called on the DOT to come back and re-think the intersection to keep everyone in the area safe.

News 12 reached out to the DOT for response.

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