Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) met with Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Keith Bray of the Department of Transportation (DOT) at the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Bay Parkway to discuss dangerous traffic conditions. Hikind had invited Bray to personally observe the high traffic area. At the on-site meeting, Bray told Hikind that the DOT will be instituting various improvements at the busy intersection to enhance road safety. “I look forward to working with Commissioner Bray on this issue,” said Hikind, expressing his gratitude on behalf of the community.
“I’m relieved that after so many complaints, results are finally coming to Ocean Parkway and Bay Parkway, which has seen more than its share of tragic accidents. This is a horribly dangerous intersection. I’ve personally observed how easy it is for drivers to hit a pedestrian or bicyclist. There is nothing more valuable than seeing the safety issues at this intersection in person and I’m grateful that Commissioner Bray took the time to come down and listen to our concerns. We are continuing our work to make Ocean Parkway safer for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists, and these improvements will reduce the danger of accidents, potentially saving lives.”
Drivers on Ocean Parkway who want to make the right turn to exit onto Bay Parkway run the risk of hitting pedestrians or bicyclists crossing the intersection. In addition, Hikind has requested that additional signage be installed to give drivers more advanced notice of the upcoming Bay Parkway exit. Currently, drivers who might intend to make the right turn to exit are caught off-guard, especially if they are in the middle or left lanes, and many veer off suddenly to switch into the right lane.