Daily News from New York, New York on May 26, 1953 · 128
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Daily News from New York, New York · 128

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Tuesday, May 26, 1953
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cc CI G W ti W J -f. , - . , (NEWS airvipw Gordon Rynders; 1 hr rerfnlly fini-lW .nlirrhank'e which allows traffic from Rrutknrr Boulevard (running from left to arcess to the Ilronx Kivtr 1'arKway was completed despite "rainy weather." Mses His Technical Expert Says They Triple the Efficiency liy KOIiERT (Second article of a mri New York City's traffic pains extend far beyond the weekend Casoline Gypsies who get tangled on the half-finished Unionport Bridge near the Whitestone gateway connecting Long Island with the Bronx, .Westchester and Connecticut. The network of inadequate- Lut constantly improving highways causes a continuing headache for workday commuters, shoppers, bus drivers itnd operators of trucks and other commercial vehicles. Nobody knows this better than Robert Moses, City Construction Coordinator, who serves also as Commissioner of Parks and chairman of the TriboroiiKh ltridtre and Tunnel Authority. Moses is the boss of highway improvements in all directions out of .Manhattan except for the bridges inid tunnels across the Hudson Jtiver. lie masterminds the complicated elfort to provide exits for more than 8,imhi,(!00 New Yorkers and to keep the (low of traffic into the metropolis reasonably comfort-bl. for more than another 8,000,. 000 suburbanites. On top of that '.NEWS :nrn. - Looking south on Hutchinson River line planning at Hie Uun Hill Road 'J here is no traffic Huy' A - JE 'SK I J1, s 'is Shm CONWAY load comes the influx of more distant visitors, passenger and commercial, Moses has a theory on this subject of the growth of traffic troubles. Decentralization Not the Answer He believes that decentralization not only in dwelling units but in offices and factories in the orbit of big cities does not necessarily reduce the traffic problem in the heart of the system. In efrect this is what he thinks: Kverytime a Levittown springs up in Long Island, housing 00,000 people where scarcely 60 formerly lived on farms, a new traffic problem develops. Every time there's a fresh building boom in Westchester or Connecticut the need for more spacious arteries spreads w l,y (iimlon RymliTu; Bill Warner, pilot) Parkway, you see an example of and Uaychester Ave. cluverleaf. jamming here. Jerk's ; )-Zr.. fiQwie Bmi fkmis Tests Prove of an Artery from the centers right into the heart of Manhattan. Even in the recent bottleneck caused by construction on First Avenue, in front of the UN Building at 42d St., the problem was augmented by the increase of drivers from the so-called satellite communities. For this reason Moses wants more elevated highways in the congested areas and wider rights of way for future expansion of existing parkways and expressways in the remoter regions. High up on the list is an elevated addition or superstructure to the Bruckner Boulevard Expressway. This would start at the Bronx terminus of the Triborough Bridge and also take in traffic from the Willis Ave. Bridge and the Grand Concourse and Major Deegan Expressway. Col. William S. Cbapin, Moses technical expert, pointed out that elevated highways and expressways triple the efficiency of an artery. This has been tested and proved on the elevated sections of the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn and the superstructure of the West Side Highway in Manhattan. The trouble with getting the elevated highway scheme into the actual construction stage is largely the difficulty of overcoming objections from abutting property owners. The city has now sidetracked NEW JERSEY fSj) BRONX Hfcmmt V? l j working"o three 1 fv-Qi lLV,8 "vf fit Inp ' jffii C r-?nr fir STO IDG jgfpS: V-lLNEMp,rr -.,PVL.V IMPROVEMENTS BBooKtX yO5 queens" r-oiirivi 7 6ATTEHVC) NATt- I X 1 Zf I PKWv h, o rlyn' . . . ommissioner Moses wants an elevated addition to Bruckner Boulevard improving approaches to bridges and tunnels (.B), and proposes to Vim ' " ifM' rfi Bill Warner, pilot right) to gain over Moses' protest the Bruck ner i.levated Expressway project. But it is still on the federal and state program and undoubtedly. despite objections from landowners, will become a reality within five to 10 years. Thruway Will Take Place Of Boston Post Road What makes this Bruckner project inevitable is the rapid work being done on the biggest highway project now underway the New York State-New England Thru-way. This all-purpose road combination will be landscaped with semi - parkway precision most of the way. From Buffalo to Boston, with New York City as its central point, the Thruway will widen and replace the old Albany and Boston Post roads. Residents of some Connecticut shore communities particularly Westport, with its arty element laboring under the illusion that the region close to the freight and passenger tracks of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad is a thing of beauty and a joy forever put up the stiff est battle against the Thruway. They wanted an inland route chosen instead. But they lost the fight chiefly because top highway planners accept Moses' concept that the big problem in the motor age is not to bypass congested areas, but to make it possible to get in and out of them easily. Moses puts it this way: "In planning modern traffic arteries we have to keep in mind the bulk of all traffic has its origin and destination in the cities. The prob (NEWS foto by Tom Gallagher Grand Central Parkway cannot be widened becaus of abutting property. lem is to provide transportation through rather than between cities. Because New York City's current financial troubles make it difficult and perhaps impossible to keep up its share of the $60,000,-000 a year highway construction and improvement plan, Moses Triborough Bridge Authority will take up some of the construction costs this year and for an indefinite period in the future. This means that Moses has; charge of improving the approaches to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, the Queens Midtown Tunnel and the links between the Triborough Bridge and the approaches to the George Washington- Bridge at the Harlem River interchanges. Detours Still Snag The Holiday Motorist These tasks are in addition to his job as Commissioner of Parks in Long Island, where it is proposed to wide Southern State Parkway and to improve the cross-island routes to Meadowbrook and Wantagh State Parkways. Westchester residents will have far easier access to Manhattan as the Bronx River Parkway improvements are completed. Now it is possible to get on this passenger traffic artery from Bruckner Boulevard at a point midway between the new Harlem River and Union-port Bridges. But along the Bronx River route in Westchester construction is still in progress and detours snag the holiday motorist. Tomorrow: Go west, ye muddled motorists! The Hudson River problem. (SEWS map by Stall Artist Fielozzi) Expressway (A). Hs already iden Long Island highways (Ci.

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