Residents and businesses are already bracing for the shutdown of one of New York City’s busiest subway lines a year from now.
The “L” line between Brooklyn and Manhattan will be halted for 15 months to repair Superstorm Sandy damage to an East River tunnel. Vehicle traffic in some areas could increase 70 percent during peak rush periods and Manhattan’s 14th Street will become the nation’s busiest bus route.
Seventy buses an hour will stream across the Williamsburg Bridge onto narrow Chinatown and SoHo streets. The West Village is expecting 5,000 bicyclists on freshly laid paths.