FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #06-66
Contact: Ted Timbers (212) 442-7033
Traffic Advisory - Times Square
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that the vehicle crossover between 7th Avenue and Broadway in Times Square will be closed beginning November 4th. The closing of the cross-over and the re-striping of the streets will allow DOT to provide 50% more sidewalk space for pedestrians throughout this heavily traveled neighborhood. The reconfiguration of the streets is a temporary change which will be in effect until DOT has completed an evaluation of the closure's effects on vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Beginning on Saturday, November 4th, vehicles traveling on Broadway will continue along 7th Avenue south of West 45th Street. Vehicles traveling on 7th Avenue will continue on Broadway south of West 45th street - they will no longer have the option of crossing over to 7th Avenue. New signs directing drivers how to proceed have been hung on large mast arms and will be uncovered on November 4th, and variable message boards have been activated to alert drivers of the changing road pattern. In addition to the closure of the cross-over, the test will change bike lane configurations, the number of roadway travel lanes and curb-side regulations.