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Gridlock Alert: President Obama Comes To Ground Zero
Thursday, May 05, 2011 - 06:57 AM
As President Obama visits the still not-quite finished World Trade Center memorial to lay a wreath today to honor those killed in the 9/11 attacks days after the attacks' mastermind was shot and killed, most of Lower Manhattan will become a frozen zone. Most roads in Lower Manhattan will be closed and PATH trains to the World Trade Center Station will be halted today around midday -- but otherwise, mass transit will be the only way to get around.
The Daily New's Gridlock Sam advises:
President Obama heads to New York City on Thursday for a four-to-five hour visit.
The President is scheduled to land at Kennedy Airport about 10:30 a.m. Thursday before taking a chopper to Wall St. About 11 a.m., the President will most likely motorcade up the FDR Drive, take the 42nd St. exit and visit with firefighters between Seventh and Eighth Aves. in the 50s. Gridlock Sam will keep you abreast of any route changes at www.twitter.com/GridlockSam.
After the firehouse, Obama will head downtown and lay a wreath at Ground Zero about 1:30 p.m. This means he will backtrack down the FDR, probably through the Battery Park Underpass and up West St. to the World Trade Center site. He'll also visit with 9/11 families before heading back to Kennedy Airport about 3 p.m.
Here are the freezes drivers face as the presidential motorcade zips around town:
- The FDR Drive below 63rd St. between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- All avenues from Eighth to the FDR between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- Northbound West St. below Chambers St. and the Battery Park Underpass between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Church St. between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
- The northbound FDR below Pearl St. between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Heavy delays at the Battery Tunnel and Brooklyn Bridge.
The World Trade Center PATH station will also be closed between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, and the M5 along with some express buses will be delayed and/or diverted
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