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Influx Of One-Way Streets In Bronx Community Causes Some Backlash

Traffic Patterns In Norwood Are Changing And Many Say They're Confused
One-way streets in the Bronx

Motorists in the Norwood section of the Bronx are confused by new traffic patterns that turned several two-way streets into one-way streets. (Photo: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In the Norwood section of the Bronx, some residents and motorists are upset over a change in long-time traffic patterns.  It has resulted in a bit of confusion.

A half-dozen streets that used to be two-way streets, are no longer, CBS 2’s John Slattery reported Friday.

“Now one-way traffic,” motorist Oscar Carpio said, adding when asked if he likes the switch, “No. No, no, no. No. No.”

Another driver agreed.

“It’s kind of confusing for me. I don’t see what the point is,” Zoila Rosario said.

The point is to simplify traffic patterns and reduce congestion on five streets — Putnam Place, Perry Avenue, Hull Avenue, Decatur Avenue and East 211th. They’re all just off East Gun Hill Road near the Williamsbridge train station.

“It’s really bad. It’s frustrating for me to look for parking,” Bridget Barreto said.

But for every person who dislikes the change, there seems to be two who applaud the one-way traffic.

“Very happy; very good. It’s not going to be so much traffic and really nice,” Isa Cekic said.

Notices and signs told residents that changes would take place on Thursday, and they did.

“Perfect,” Mario Jimenez said.

With the new patterns, some drivers were seen heading the wrong way.

It’s new and different, and the Department of Transportation said it’s an improvement.

“I think this way is better,” one motorist said.

Some thoughts were positive; some were negative. It’s teaching an old neighborhood new tricks.

The traffic changes, made by the DOT, came after a request by Community Board 7, which was concerned about accidents and congestion.

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