Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Controversial NYPD security plan to put neighborhoods around WTC on lockdown; multiple checkpoints for cabs & trucks.

New NYPD security plans for the World Trade Center, set to begin as early as next year, add “stringent vehicle checkpoints and barricaded secure zones on all four sides of the complex, locking down several neighboring blocks,” according to  Security will close off all streets running through the WTC site, as well as sections of Liberty, Vesey, Church, Washington, Greenwich, and West Broadway.

Before being allowed to enter the restricted zone, vehicles will have to enter one of four checkpoints and submit to a security screening.  Drivers will have to show they have “legitimate business” on the site; it is unclear at this time whether residents will be able to register their vehicles to avoid the full security screening.

The NYPD will study the impact of the new security measures on traffic, air quality, businesses and residents, and is accepting public comments on the matter until March 26.  An Environmental Impact Statement will be released this fall.

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