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Brooklyn's most dangerous intersection is Eastern Parkway and Utica

The DOT has identified Eastern Parkway and Utica

The DOT has identified Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue as the deadliest intersection in Brooklyn. Photo Credit: Google Maps

The city's Department of Transportation has named Eastern Parkway at Utica Avenue the top intersection to fix in Brooklyn.

The intersection -- which had two pedestrian fatalities and six serious injuries from 2009-13 -- was one of 91 spots in Brooklyn the DOT identified Thursday to improve as part of its five-borough plan for Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero program.

This week, the DOT identified 184 intersections to fix in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

"They will help the city target its engineering, enforcement, and education efforts," said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg in a statement.

The changes to make city streets safer includes adding more time for people to cross; changing traffic signals to cut down speeding outside of the rush hours; painting crosswalks; and installing pedestrian refuge islands on wide streets.

The nearly 18-square-miles that need the most changes, according to DOT, cover parts of downtown Brooklyn, Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, Bushwick, Brownsville, Sunset Park and Borough Park.

"I'm particularly pleased with the attention that will be given to priority areas ... communities that have high rates of pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries but historically have not received the attention they deserve," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Utica Avenue between Fulton Street and Avenue S is among the top corridors to get streetscape changes. That 4.6-mile stretch of road was responsible for eight fatalities from 2009 to 2013 before de Blasio came into office, and had about 14 pedestrian deaths or injuries per mile. The most dangerous corridor, mile-for-mile, is the 1.1-mile piece of Flatbush Avenue from Fulton Street to Grand Army Plaza, which clocked 20 deaths and injuries.


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