The Times Square Business Improvement District (TS-BID) has issued a schedule outlining the planned repaving of roads in the theatre district, as well as certain demonstrations and events that may or may not have an impact on theatregoers and related businesses.
Much of the road work is being done in preparation for the upcoming Times Square 2000 celebration this New Year's Eve.
According to the TS-BID, which gets its information from the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), the DOT began its project to mill and resurface area streets and avenues on September 12. DOT anticipated project completion by Oct. 31, but as TS-BID vice president of operations Bob Esposito told Playbill On-Line yesterday, the work seems to be moving slightly ahead of schedule.
The following information covers work expected to take place Sept. 26 Oct. 2. TS BID and DOT both caution readers that site conditions are weather-dependent and work schedules can change with little or no notice. Roads can be milled in a light drizzle, but work is postponed or canceled by steady rain. Conversely, good weather can speed a schedule, in which case workers might begin work a day earlier than expected if they find themselves ahead, in order to speed the overall project.
DOT will be milling on Broadway from 53rd Street to 49th Street and 46th Street to 45th Street beginning at 11 PM and ending at about 8 AM and possibly paving 51st Street from Sixth Avenue to Seventh Avenue and 48th Street from Sixth Avenue to Seventh Avenue from 11 PM to 8 AM. Future work in the general theatre district is scheduled as follows:
Sunday, 9/26/99: 8 PM-5:30 AM, paving Seventh Avenue from W. 53rd St. to W. 42nd St, paving W. 50 St. from Eighth Ave. to Broadway, paving W. 48th St. from Sixth Avenue to Broadway.
Monday, 9/27/99: 8 PM-5:30 AM, paving Seventh Avenue from W. 53rd St. to W. 42nd St, paving W. 46th St. from Sixth Avenue to Seventh Avenue; 11:30 PM-5:30 AM, paving W. 47th St. from Sixth Avenue to Seventh Avenue.
Tuesday, 9/28/99: 8 PM-5:30 AM, paving Seventh Avenue from W. 53rd St. to W. 42nd St.
Wednesday, 9/29/99: 8 PM-5:30 AM, paving Broadway from W. 49th St. to W. 42nd St.; 11:30 PM-5:30 AM, milling W. 43rd St. from Sixth Avenue to Broadway; 8 PM-5:30 AM, paving Duffy Square.
Thursday, 9/30/99: 8 PM-5:30 AM, paving Broadway from W. 49 St. to W. 42nd St.; 11:30 PM-5:30 AM, milling W. 43rd St. from Seventh Avenue to 8th Avenue; 8 PM-5:30 AM, milling Duffy Square.
Friday, 10/01/99: no work.
Saturday, 10/02/99: no work.
For further information, please contact Bob Esposito, Times Square BID vice president of operations, at (212) 768-1560.
-- By Murdoch McBride