Broadway closing to cars near Times Square on May 24  MAY 15 2009

According to the NYC DOT, Broadway will be closed to through traffic on May 24 from 42nd to 47th Streets and from 33rd to 35th Streets to make that pedestrian mall announced back in February.

In addition to greater safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists, the project hopes to improve car traffic flow through the areas.

- Traffic lights with up to 66% more green time
- Significant travel time improvements on Sixth and Seventh Avenues
- Faster bus speeds for 70,000 daily riders

Here's a rendition of how Times Square will look after the work is completed in August.

Times Square with Broadway closed

Hopefully this change will become permanent and the city can plant some trees there as well. Imagine, trees in Times Square! Lots more information is available on the DOT site.

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