A few weeks ago, a construction project began on the eastbound portion of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge, which brings cars from Manhattan (New York City) to the Cross-Bronx Expressway, reducing the traffic flow to only eastbound lane. This project is expected to take six months.
Anyone who knows anything about traffic in that area is familiar with the idea that just one minor accident on the Cross-Bronx can snarl traffic for many miles in all directions, and so no one was surprised to hear dire predictions that this construction would cause traffic to be backed up not only through Manhattan and the George Washington Bridge, but possibly possibly as far back as Hackensack. See, for example, this article.
But this failed to happen. Just a few minutes ago, at 7:30 AM, the traffic report on the radio reported a 10 minute wait at the Lincoln Tunnel, but zero at the George Washington Bridge. Why is this? I know that there is a bit less traffic in the summer, but narrowing the four lanes down to one ought to MORE than make up for that, right? What am I missing? Why is the traffic okay?
I’m not complaining, just confused and surprised.