Tag: Roads and Traffic

Fix for a Hated N.Y.C. Highway: How About an $11 Billion Tunnel?

Cities like Boston, San Francisco and Seattle have all done it — razed hulking, unsightly highways dividing the heart of their downtowns, pushed a new roadway underground and turned the space above into an urban paradise. Could New York be next? The City Council — and a top mayoral candidate — are looking to pull […]

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The Struggle to Mend America’s Rural Roads

Wearing bright safety vests, the county highway workers followed the scalding, red tar kettle as it pumped out liquid rubber bandages, thick as melted butter, to cover the pavement’s worst gashes. From above, it looked like the flip side of skywriting — as if yellow cursors on the ground were carefully spelling out a message […]

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Crackdown on 5,000 Reckless Drivers: Take Safety Course or Lose Car

A driver in Brooklyn with eight violations for speeding or running a red light killed a 5-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. An 85-year-old woman was killed by another Brooklyn driver with 10 speeding violations and two red-light violations. In Manhattan, a driver with two speeding tickets crushed a bicycle courier. New York City is […]

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Why the B.Q.E. Might Shrink

Weather: Overcast, with a high in the low 40s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Feb. 12 (Lincoln’s Birthday). ImageCredit…Benjamin Norman for The New York Times Now, another plan aims to shrink a part of a traffic-choked roadway, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, which was built in the 1940s. That section, a 1.5-mile stretch between Atlantic Avenue and […]

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A Novel Plan to Fix One of New York’s Worst Highways: Remove Lanes

As worsening traffic has put a stranglehold on New York, the country’s largest city has moved to squeeze out cars, taking away street space to make room for bikes and pedestrians, and all but banning vehicles from a major Manhattan thoroughfare. Now, New York is considering an even more startling step: eliminating one-third of the […]

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Mapping Potholes by Phone (the West Bank’s Roads Were Smoother)

A far-flung group of engineering students, from schools like M.I.T., Harvard and Birzeit University in the West Bank, have developed an app that turns a smartphone into a tool to track potholes and measure overall road quality. No one needs an app to confirm hitting a pothole, but this project could improve life in many […]

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