Juliet Papa

'Don't Block The Box' Enforcement Stepped Up To Help Combat Congestion

March 05, 2018 - 12:10 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- If you block the box at certain intersections in NYC, be prepared to pay hefty fines.

On Monday, Mayor de Blasio announced a new congestion initiative including, "clear intersections" which will see NYPD write violations at fifty targeted intersections in all five boroughs where "block-the-box" violations will now be aggressively enforced.

The DOT paint team was busy at one of the targeted intersections -- Broome Street and Broadway in SoHo. "It's one where a lot of trtaffic is connecting between the Williamsburg Bridge and the Holland Tunnel," said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

"We know traffic can be frustrating, but blocking the box just causes gridlock for everybody -- bus riders, pedestrians, cyclists and your fellow motorists.  Please be courteous and safe -- and don’t block the box," Trottenberg added.

"A parking violation is $115, and getting caught in traffic is possibly two points [on your license] and a fine as high as $138," said NYPD Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan.

Chan says 56,000 summonses were issued in 2017 for don't block the box -- double from the year before -- but he insists it's has nothing to do with generating revenue, Juliet Papa reported.

Clear Intersections will be in effect at the following locations: 

Manhattan:

1. Broadway & West 57 Street

2. Dyer Avenue & West 41 Street

3. Fort Washington Avenue & West 165 Street

4. 3 Avenue & East 36 Street

5. Broadway & Spring Street 

6. Delancey Street & Bowery 

7. Delancey Street & Allen Street

8. 9 Avenue & West 207 Street

9. 10 Avenue & West 40 Street

10. West Side Highway (9A)/12 AV & West 51 Street

11. Broadway & Canal Street

12. Canal Street & Centre Street

13. Delancey Street & Essex Street

14. Hudson Street & Beach Street/Ericsson Place

15. 3 Avenue & East 57 Street

16. 3 Avenue & East 58 Street

17. 3 Avenue & East 59 Street

18. 3 Avenue & East 35 Street

19. 6 Avenue & Watts Street

20. 10 Avenue & West 41 Street

21. Broadway and Broome Street 

22. Broadway and Chambers Street 

23. Broadway & West 66 Street

24. Amsterdam Avenue & 181 Street

25. Canal Street & West Broadway 

26. Hudson Street & Laight Street

27. Hudson Street & Vestry Street

Queens:

28. Queens Boulevard & Skillman Avenue

29.  Northern Boulevard & Queens Boulevard 

30.  Queens Boulevard & Roosevelt Avenue 

31.  Astoria Boulevard & 31 Street

32.  21 Street & 49 Avenue

33. Laurel Hill Boulevard & 65 Place

34. Queens Midtown Expressway *N S/R & Grand Avenue

35. Main Street & Roosevelt Avenue

36. 71 Avenue & Austin Street

37. 37 Avenue & 138 Street

38. Metropolitan Avenue & 60 Street

39. Queens Plaza South (SR) & 28 Street

The Bronx:

40. 135 Street & Third Avenue

Brooklyn:

41. Flatbush Avenue & 8 Avenue

42. Atlantic Avenue & Pennsylvania Avenue

43. 86 Street & 7 Avenue

44. Tillary Street & Jay Street

45. Flatbush Avenue & Myrtle Avenue

Staten Island:

46. College of Staten Island & Victory Boulevard

47. Narrows Road South & Hylan Boulevard w/b @ Steuben Street

48. Narrows Road South & Hylan Boulevard 

49. Narrows Road South & Fingerboard Road 

50. Narrows Road North & Fingerboard Road