As part of an ongoing effort to reduce bridge strikes on parkways throughout New York City, the Department of Transportation has created new signage and markings to better alert truck drivers to the danger that lays ahead. Bridge strikes can cause significant damage to infrastructure, vehicles, and to freight. They negatively impact both the economy and the reputation of the trucking industry.
On Tuesday, November 21st, City DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and NYPD Traffic Enforcement Chief Thomas Chan held a press conference to unveil the new signage along the FDR Drive in Manhattan. NewYorkTruckStop.com Co-Publisher Zach Miller was there representing the Trucking Association of New York and the industry in general. Explaining to members of the press that the old, smaller signage is very difficult to see, and that many drivers from out of the region, who are unfamiliar with these roads do not even know to look for them. These out of region drivers are far more likely to cause bridge strikes than those familiar with the roads.