LaGuardia Traffic Woes to Improve, But Is ‘Traffic Armageddon’ Possible in 2017?

By Paul Riegler on 23 September 2016
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View from a LaGuardia runway

View from a LaGuardia runway

The recent gridlock problems at LaGuardia Airport in New York may become a thing of the past. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey outlined plans to resolve the traffic problems that have plagued the airport in recent months after work started on a new $4 billion Central Terminal that will serve eight airlines.

The agency said it will be adding a new lane in front of the airport and also said it was considering a direct right turn at 94th Street. Another possible change is the elimination of a loop that was opened in August.

In addition, the agency’s head, John Degnan, is questioning whether the situation will worsen next year when renovation work begins on a new Delta Air Lines terminal east of the Central Terminal at the facility.

“Are we going to create a traffic Armageddon?” he was quoted as asking at a Port Authority board meeting Thursday. Project managers present at the board meeting stated that the worst was over, the agency said in a statement, but it later issued an alert warning travelers of “heavy traffic on all airport roadways” Thursday evening.

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