Transit Sam: Week of Jan. 28, 2016

Thurs., Jan. 28 – Wed., Feb. 3


Blizzard gridlock bonanza! The historic 26.8-inch snow drop means that alternate side parking rules are suspended through the weekend. They will resume Monday, February 1. While the snow is still around (but melting quickly with sunny skies) be sure to leave extra commuting time and remember: the best way to avoid crashes in inclement weather is to give everyone a “brake” and slow down! Be careful as pedestrians navigate many of the not-yet-cleared crosswalks in the city. Check 311 for the most recent Alternate Side Parking Rule updates.

Thanks to the storm, several scheduled weekend closures and events, including the march for Bernie Sanders, have been rescheduled for this coming weekend. Downtown will now “Feel the Bern” of traffic 3 p.m. Saturday (1/30). Closures will be at the NYPD’s discretion. The route will go southbound on Broadway between 14th St. and Ann. St., Ann St. between Broadway and Nassau St., Ceder St. between Nassau St. and Broadway, finally dispersing inside Zucotti Park.

Another closure pushed off for this upcoming weekend: A road closure in Upper Manhattan means more traffic on the West Side Highway. For 53 consecutive hours, 12 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, the ramp from the George Washington Bridge to the Harlem River Drive will be closed.  This means much more traffic on the Henry Hudson Parkway to the West Side Highway southbound especially leading to the Battery Tunnel.

Watch for extra traffic leading up to the Holland Tunnel during the next two weeks as load-in starts for fashion week. Preparation for the big event will make for slowdowns on the following streets on the West Side Highway and Washington St. between Spring and West Houston Sts., Greenwich St. between Spring and Clarkson Sts., and West Houston between West and Greenwich Sts.

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