Mobilizing the Region
Issue 3September 21, 1994

NYC DOT Releases Lower Manhattan Truck Loop Study

The NYC Dept. of Transportation has just released the final report from its FDR Drive /Lower Manhattan highway loop study. The study examines the construction of ramps from the Williamsburg Bridge to the FDR Drive and highway and tunnel improvements on the FDR and southern end of Route 9A. The goal: remove Williamsburg Bridge-Holland Tunnel through-trucks from Canal, Delancey and Broome Streets by diverting them around the tip of Manhattan on an improved highway. The ramps are estimated to cost $56 million (1991 $), and tunnel clearance under Battery Park would have to be increased. The report concludes that the tunnel work would be difficult and very expensive. Moreover, the study notes that since 9A has no direct connection to the Holland Tunnel, the scheme could well increase congestion in the neighborhood around the tunnel approach, even if it helps reduce congestion on Delancey Street. The study is useful for its truck and car O&D surveys, traffic and pedestrian surveys, and curbside activity surveys of Delancey and Canal Streets. No funding for work on this project is evident in NYMTC's 1994/95-1998-99 Transportation Improvment Program.

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