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NYC traffic slow-down on major streets to start Monday

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is slowing down traffic on 14 major roadways as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's effort to cut down on pedestrian deaths.

The city Department of Transportation said Friday it will create 14 new 25-mph zones on major thoroughfares including Houston Street in lower Manhattan and Broadway from Columbus Circle to West 220th Street.

The initiative is part of Blasio's "Vision Zero" program that aims to eliminate traffic fatalities.

The slowed-down stretch of Broadway will include the area around West 95th and West 96th streets.

There have been four traffic deaths within a two-block radius there this year.

Other streets where speeds will be lowered include sections of Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn and Victory Boulevard on Staten Island.

For more information on the slow zones throughout the boroughs, visit the Department of Transportation's website.

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