Why is traffic so bad in Manhattan? Street closures follow United Nations climate change summit

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TURTLE BAY, Manhattan — Street closures related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are causing huge traffic delays in Manhattan.  The NYPD is urging people who normally drive to take public transportation instead. Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20

Beginning at approximately 9 p.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will be closed to vehicular traffic:

  • 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open
  • 44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
  • 45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
  • 46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

THURSDAY, APRIL 21

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the UNFCCC:

  • 42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
  • 2nd  Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:

  • 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
  • 44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
  • 45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
  • 46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

  • 42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
  • 42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:

  • 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access.
  • 44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
  • 45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
  • 46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
  • 49th Street from 3rd Avenue to Lexington Avenue

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the UNFCCC:

  • 42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
  • 2nd  Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

  • 42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
  • The 42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive