DOT asks for help to ease truck traffic

(07/14/03) HUNTS POINT - Truck traffic continues to be a quality of life issue in the Bronx. Now, New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) officials asked for the community's help to come up with ways to rid trucks from residential streets at a meeting on Monday.

The DOT recently began conducting a yearlong study to find out if certain Bronx roads should be off-limits to tractor-trailer trucks. The department of transportation has been under community pressure to re-route trucks for nearly five years. The push began when a truck killed six-year-old Crystal Vargas almost five years ago. Vargas died while riding her bike along Tiffany Avenue in Hunts Point.

Bronx residents will have another opportunity to voice their opinion during the DOT's next meeting. Department of transportation officials said they are looking to set something up in the fall.

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