DOT begins long-awaited Morris Park fixes

Photo before DOT began drawing new double yellow lines on Morris Park Avenue
Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Warneke

Residents in Morris Park are getting long-awaited fixes to Morris Park Avenue.

Earlier this week, the NYC Department of Transportation began drawing new double yellow lines on the road beginning at Colden Avenue in both directions – something residents had spent more than a year requesting.

In addition, there is a new crosswalk at the Morris Park Avenue and Colden Avenue intersection.

Prior to Mayor de Blasio’s Bronx town hall meeting on Wednesday, August 10, community board members were asked to write down five issues to present to the mayor’s office.

Community Board 11 district manager Jeremy Warneke presented, as one of his issues, the lack of double yellow lines along Morris Park Avenue.

Warneke said he had previously brought up the issue at a district service meeting in October 2015.

He said representatives from city agencies had not been helpful in getting the yellow lines problem resolved but instead took issue with the green, red, and white lines the Morris Park Columbus Day parade organizers place down the middle of the road.

“Something’s better than nothing,” Warneke recalled telling one of the representatives.

Councilman James Vacca, who moderated the town hall meeting, said he had made the Morris Park Avenue road issues a priority at the town hall meeting.

“I had been told any day now,” said Vacca of the timetable for the fixes.

“We’ve waited too long for these lines to be redone and replenished,” Vacca also said. “We needed to quicken up the process.

Warneke said last week he had become quite annoyed with the lack of progress on the road and decided to take a picture of the road in front of the Community Board 11 building.

He posted the photo to Facebook on Wednesday, August 24 with a caption asking residents to comment if they have complained about the lack of yellow lines on the roadway.

Warneke said he doesn’t know if his post had anything to do with the DOT’s movement on the project but added social media can be an effective tool at times.

He said now when he walks outside the CB 11 building – located at 1741 Colden Avenue – he can see the double yellow lines running in either direction.

According to a DOT spokesperson work is still continuing on Morris Park Avenue.

“Refurbishing work is being done from White Plains Road to Newport Avenue,” the spokesperson said.

Reach Reporter Robert Christie at (718) 260-4591. E-mail him at rchristie@cnglocal.com.
Photo after DOT began installing the double yellow lines
Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Warneke

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