Gridlock Alerts In Place Ahead Of Annual UN General Assembly

Rich Lamb
September 16, 2019 - 1:46 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The United Nations General Assembly begins next week and commuters are being advised to take public transportation if they want to avoid the major gridlock traffic that’s expected when world leaders meet in New York City.

The Department of Transportation says during next week's UN General Assembly, Midtown speeds – which are already incredibly slow – will be diminished to the slowest during the entire year.

DOT's Manhattan Borough Commissioner Ed Pincar on Monday told drivers to avoid the roads, or sit in hours of traffic.

“Particularly for UN week, that starts Sept. 23 to Sept. 30, if you can avoid driving your car into the Midtown core, please do and look for alternative modes of transportation,” he said.

In 2018, the 6-day event was added to the city’s Gridlock Alert days for the first time ever.

The congregations of world leaders will mean lots of intermittent closures, especially along the FDR Drive and in the Turtle Bay section of Manhattan.

The NYPD and DOT also announced that for the first time, bike lanes on first and second avenues will remain open during the General Assembly. Though, bikes will be subject to stopping at security check points.

Drivers are encouraged to prepare in advance for street closures and to expect travel times to Midtown to be up to three times longer than usual.