Bronx Residents Say Pelham Parkway Too Narrow After Construction Aimed At Safety

April 2, 2012 12:00 AM

Bronx Residents Say Pelham Parkway Too Narrow After Construction Aimed At Safety
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Did the city go too far in fixing what it says was a dangerous situation?

" Residents along a stretch of the Pelham Parkway service road in the Bronx say changes to their street have made things worse, not better.

New street signs are going up at the end of the service road at Pelham Parkway South, but residents along the road have put up their own signs saying the area is a danger zone.

“It’s going to be more dangerous because the road is going to be narrower,” resident Dr. Juan Afif told CBS 2′s Don Dahler.

“It’s just a hassle,” added Dominic Meliti.

The city said the stretch of Pelham Parkway has been a high accident area since the 1980s, in part, because of the stately trees that line it. Over the years, the trees got so big some they were actually growing into the street.

“We’d had people that had gotten killed on the parkway, people that were maimed and it was time to get it done,” said John Fratta, the assistant director of Community Board 11 "

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