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Busy Bushwick intersection gets a pedestrian plaza as part of city’s Vision Zero plan

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The Department of Transportation debuted the new plaza on Friday

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As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to combat serious traffic injuries and fatalities, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has unveiled a new pedestrian plaza on the border of Bushwick and Ridgewood, reports Gothamist.

The plaza runs from Myrtle to Gates avenues, residing in front of the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue train station for the L and M lines.

“These enhancements will do a great deal to improve pedestrian safety along this section of the Queens/Brooklyn border and will help further the City’s ongoing Vision Zero initiative to protect all those who use our roadways,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Friday.

The plaza serves as a much-needed safety enhancement for the area, where a six-way intersection at Myrtle Avenue, Wyckoff Avenue, and Palmetto Street meet. According to a study conducted by the DOT, there were 37 serious injuries and 1 death at the intersection between 2010 and 2014.