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GRIDLOCK: UN General Assembly to cause traffic nightmares in NYC

September 25, 2018 - 8:45 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The traffic nightmare in New York City continues as the United Nations General Assembly continues Tuesday.

The 6-day event was added to New York City’s Gridlock Alert days for the first time this year, and the Department of Transportation wants drivers to stay off the roads.

“It’s not going to be good for us,” one truck driver told 1010 WINS. “It’s going to be too much traffic. It’s not going to be good at all.”

The congregations of world leaders brought lots of intermittent closures along the FDR Drive and in the Turtle Bay section of Manhattan on Monday.

“I hate it,” one resident in the area said. “I love living around here, but these two weeks are just horrible. I mean I’ve got to show I.D. just to get on my block.”

The entire area was lined with barricades and there were also papers posted to poles throughout the area restricting parking.

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.

The NYPD has also begun to step up security with thousands of extra police officers flooding the streets. Police Commissioner James O’Neill said officers will be working in careful coordination with the Secret Service.

Though there have been no credible threats, officers will be patrolling the areas surrounding the UN Headquarters and Trump Tower in Midtown.

Commuters are advised to utilize mass transit or prepare for major delays.