Friday, February 11, 2011

Brooklyn Bridge Closes An Hour Early, Totally Screws Brooklyn Drivers

 Knowing that the Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge were scheduled to close for emergency pothole repairs at midnight, savvy drivers headed out of Brooklyn around 11 p.m. Thursday night -- only to get stuck in a massive traffic jam as workers shut down the bridge an hour before it was supposed to close.

Traffic personnel  made drivers on busy Adams Street turn right (as seen above) onto Sands Street instead of left, onto the bridge.

Since Brooklyn-bound drivers were also exiting onto Sands Street (as they were actually driving the wrong way on the Manhattan-bound side of the bridge), it made for total gridlock.

So be warned: this whole mess will repeat Friday night, when the Manhattan-bound lanes will again be closed, supposedly at midnight, but really much earlier. And the Manhattan-bound side will remain closed till 6 p.m. Saturday.

Photo by MK Metz

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