The holidays are approaching, and so are the hordes of shoppers and tourists that traditionally bring the city's highest levels of congestion and gridlock.
The city's Department of Transportation has announced a total of nine gridlock alert days, between Friday and Dec. 23. On these select days, which include Black Friday and the Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony, New Yorkers and tourists are urged to use mass transportation.
The gridlock alert days include:
Turns will be restricted on gridlock alert days at selected locations, such as Rockefeller Center, to improve traffic flow and minimize vehicular conflicts during the holiday season. The DOT will also enact their annual construction embargo between Friday, Nov. 19 to Jan. 1, 2011, which heavily reduces construction activity to relieve traffic delays.