Traffic Troubles Could Get Worse At LaGuardia Airport

Traffic Troubles Could Get Worse At LaGuardia Airport

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BIT ON THE STREET BACK TO ANDREA AND CINDY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE TOP STORY THIS MORNING, TRAFFIC TROUBLE AT LAGUARDIA AIRPORT MAYBE ABOUT TO GET EVEN WORSE. NEW TRAFFIC PATTERNS IN THE AREA WILL BEGIN TODAY. ANOTHER STEP IN LaGUARDIA’S ONGOING MULTIBILLION DOLLAR OVERHAUL. MARC LIVERMAN JOINS US NEAR THE AIRPORT WITH MORE. HI, MARC. Reporter: HEY, CINDY AND ANDREA. NOT BAD OUT HERE IN TERMS OF TRAFFIC. BUT THE CONCERN IS THAT IT COULD ALL CHANGE NOW THAT THE NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN IS OFFICIALLY IN FULL EFFECT. WE SAW JUST HOW BAD THIS WAS A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. CELL PHONE VIDEO TAKEN THURSDAY AFTERNOON SHOWS A PACK OF PEOPLE INCLUDING A LITTLE GIRL DRAGGING THEIR LUGGAGE AROUND STANDSTILL TRAFFIC ON THE HIGHWAY LEADING TO LAGUARDIA AIRPORT. THIS WENT ON FOR MILES. GRIDLOCK WAS SO BAD TRAVELERS DITCHED THEIR RIDES TO TRY TO MAKE THEIR FLIGHTS. STARTING TODAY, THE PORT AUTHORITY IS CHANGING TRAFFIC PATTERNS INTO THE AIRPORT TO DEAL WITH CONSTRUCTION. WESTBOUND GRAND CENTRAL PARKWAY EXITS TO LaGUARDIA WILL BE SHIFTED. EXIT 6 CLOSED. EXIT 7 WILL BE RENAMED EXIT 6. THAT WILL TAKE DRIVERS TO TERMINAL B AND 94th STREET. A NEW EXIT 7 WILL BE OPENED. THAT WILL GO TO DELTA TERMINAL C AND D. YESTERDAY GOVERNOR CUOMO SPOKE WITH SEAN CARLSON ABOUT THE PROJECT AND THE TRAFFIC THAT HAS COME WITH IT. WE ARE ACCELERATING CONSTRUCTION. IT’S BEING BUILT AS FAST AS ANY PROJECT OF ITS SIZE HAS EVER BEEN BUILT BUT THERE ARE CERTAIN PRACTICAL REALITIES. YOU HAVE TO OPERATE AN AIRPORT. YOU NEED TO BUILD A NEW AIRPORT. YOU NEED TO DO IT ON A TINY PLOT OF LAND IN A VERY HIGH VOLUME ENVIRONMENT AND TRAFFIC ON HIGH VOLUME DAYS IS ALMOST UNAVOIDABLE INCONVENIENCE. THE GOOD NEWS IS THE WHOLE PROJECT WILL BE ABOUT TWO YEARS THEN NEW YORKERS HAVE THE FIRST AIRPORT IN 25 YEARS IN THE

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