Riverdale residents have mixed opinions on barriers near Henry Hudson Parkway

Many Riverdale residents have mixed opinions on the new barriers along the overpass on West 232nd Street and the Henry Hudson Parkway.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) installed the pedestrian barriers to prevent cars, getting off the parkway, from jumping the curb and injuring people. And while many residents say the barriers are a good form of protection, others say they are an eyesore.

Councilman Oliver Koppell (D-Bronx) is fighting to get rid of the barriers. He says safety is important, but he feels the barriers are unnecessarily massive and show no aesthetic sense. Koppell adds that the barriers take up too much room on the narrow walkways.

DOT officials say safety is paramount to them. They will also be installing more barriers on other overpasses in different parts of Riverdale.

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