Two separate incidents — a drawbridge malfunction and a crash — wreaked havoc on Monday’s morning commute for folks attempting to make use of the Hutchinson River Parkway to get the place they wanted to go.
A drawbridge malfunction at Bartow Avenue within the Bronx pressured the freeway to be closed in each instructions within the space round 2 a.m., judging by the tweets of exasperated drivers who mentioned at 4 a.m. they’d been ready for 2 hours.
“Absolute gridlock, we’ve been waiting 2 hours now with absolutely no movement or clarity. I called 911 about an hour in, they said they were on it and had already received one previous call on the issue. An NYPD Traffic car rolled up about 20 min later. Since then, absolutely nothing,” one wrote. “It is just complete disarray with no place to U-turn or get out, and everyone is hysterical beyond belief.”
The explanation for the malfunction wasn’t clear, however the metropolis’s Workplace of Emergency Administration began tweeting in regards to the closure and suggesting drivers take alternate routes, round 4 a.m. Movies posted to social media confirmed automobiles stopped. Some nonetheless had their lights on, others have been darkish. And other people have been seen strolling in between autos alongside the freeway.
It was pitch black out, too. Site visitors began slowly inching alongside for some shortly earlier than 5 a.m. after some had spent three hours “waiting idly in the queue.” It wasn’t clear from authorities when or if the problem was fully resolved.
The drawbridge wasn’t the one hiccup on the Hutchinson River Parkway Monday morning.
A collision shut down the northbound lanes on the New England Thruway round 5:45 a.m. There was no fast phrase on accidents. Get real-time transit updates from all your key commute sources right here.