City delays Fifth Avenue traffic chaos; Post credited for commuter victory
The de Blasio Administration has given up on an ill-conceived scheme to disrupt traffic and tourism in the heart of Manhattan.
The Department of Transportation apparently backed off the plan to avoid “a very real risk of interfering with the holiday season,” Department of Transportation Commissioner Hank Gutman said this week. “Our decision is not to do anything that interferes with that, we will pick up activity after the holidays.”
Gutman spoke at a Wednesday news conference, according to StreetsBlog.
Gutman echoed concerns raised by The Post in an exclusive August report on the plan, which would reroute car traffic in the heart of Midtown — restricting vehicle access to top tourist sites like Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue.
The DOT’s plan would have also reduced Fifth Avenue from five lanes to four, strictly enforced two existing lanes of busways, added a protected bike lane, expanded sidewalks, and reduced auto access between 55th and 45th streets.
The city’s proposed traffic constraints “threaten Midtown’s and New York City’s economic recovery,” Jerome Barth, president of the Fifth Avenue Association told The Post in August. “Not one business here supports the plan.”