Hikind Calls for a Bridge in Boro Park to Ease Traffic

Assemblyman Dov Hikind and his community liaison, Chesky Klein, survey the dead end between 18th and 19th avenues. (Office of Assemblyman Hikind)

Assemblyman Dov Hikind is calling for a bridge to be erected connecting Boro Park’s 18th and 19th avenues in order to alleviate traffic congestion.

Hikind, a Midwood Democrat, says he asked the New York City Department of Transportation to perform a feasibility study in the hope of erecting a bridge along 51st Street. He said that traffic will increase “dramatically” as the result of a new development being built directly off 50th Street, between 19th Avenue and Dahill Road.

“Fifty-First Street dead-ends between 18th and 19th Avenues — this has always created a bottleneck of traffic,” Hikind explained in a letter to Polly Trottenberg, the city’s transportation commissioner. “The new development will effectively quadruple local traffic once people move in. A bridge would make all the difference.”

A spokesman for the mayor’s office said they are looking into it.