Empty tractor-trailers and tandem trucks will be banned on 7 NYC bridges due to weather forecast

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Sunday, March 10, 2024
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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Due to high winds, MTA Bridges and Tunnels will ban empty tractor-trailers and tandem trucks on its seven bridges on Monday.

The restriction will take effect beginning at 8 a.m. through 10 p.m.

The effected bridges include Bronx-Whitestone, Cross Bay, Henry Hudson, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial, Robert F. Kennedy, Throgs Neck, and Verrazzano-Narrows.

Pedestrian walkways at the Cross Bay Bridge and the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will also be closed during the mentioned hours.

However, walkways at the RFK and Henry Hudson bridges will remain open, weather permitting.

Con Edison is also warning that the prolonged gusty winds could lead to downed wires and power outages.

They urge the public to stay away from downed wires.

To ensure public safety, Con Edison may guard downed wires until crews make repairs. Company personnel may be in unmarked cars but will always have Con Edison identification.

How to Report an Outage

Customers can sign up for text alerts at coned.com/text. Customers can also report outages and check service restoration status at conEd.com/reportoutage, with Con Edison's mobile app for iOS or Android devices, or by calling 1-800-752-6633.

Customers who report outages will receive updates from Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available. Information on outages and restoration times is also available at the Con Edison outage map.

Safety Tips

Do not go near downed wires. Treat downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by snow, tree limbs, leaves or water.

Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you're in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.

Exercise extreme caution when entering flooded basements. Water that comes into contact with energized electrical equipment can create dangerous conditions and cause serious injury.

Members of the public should also avoid transformers that are brought to the ground. The transformers are gray metal drums attached to the wires and poles.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing and using a portable generator. Never plug a generator into a wall unit, use it indoors, or set it up outdoors near open home windows or air-handling vents.

If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.

Charge your cellphones and other mobile devices while you have power.

Make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios are working. Have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on electrical service can be heard on local radio and television stations.

For more storm tips and preparation, go to www.conEd.com


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