See, here’s why we don’t have a car: we’re broke. No, seriously, we don’t have a car because we can’t drive. But if we could drive and did have money for a car, we probably wouldn’t get one because traffic here is a nightmare — we’re the worst city for traffic in America after Los Angeles, according to an Inrix study — and because sometimes a bridge catches fire and makes things even worse. The Throgs Neck suffered a three-alarm blaze this morning, and now the bridge is closed “indefinitely.” Traffic is being redirected to the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, where the Post reports “traffic is snarled.” The fire started on a construction scaffold; its cause has yet to be determined.
Update: The Queens-bound lanes opened a little after 1 p.m, though the scaffold continues to “smolder.” No word yet on the Bronx-bound lanes. JohnPMcLaughlin counsels, “take Queens Blvrd to 59th St. Bridge.”
Update 2: MTA says two of the three Bronx-bound lanes will open “this evening,” but the third will be closed through the weekend at least. Image via wikipedia.