NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Three New York City Council members say something has to be done to handle the Brooklyn Bridge’s rising pedestrian and bike traffic.Street Closures Planned In Midtown For Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
They unveiled their plan Monday. It calls for designating three-quarters of the widened lane to pedestrians and the rest to cyclists.
The Department of Transportation says about 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 cyclists use the path each day.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Shot In The Bronx
The number of pedestrians, cyclists and tourists on the bridge has surged in recent years and the congestion presents a growing safety problem. The path is above the center of six lanes of vehicle traffic.
The council members offered no cost estimate, but are seeking ideas from engineering and design firms on how the expansion could be accomplished.
It could take years to make the change due to the bridge’s landmark designation.MORE NEWS: CNN's Chris Cuomo Suspended Indefinitely Over Extent Of Help To His Brother During Scandal
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