Recipe for a "Perfect Storm"?
Next Tuesday 10/30 and Wednesday 10/31 two of three transportation links onto and off Roosevelt Island will be affected by either construction or maintenance. I just hope there are no rain storms those days that affect the subway system.
As issued earlier this week the Roosevelt Island Bridge on those dates will open but with one lane affected due to the installation of the paint containment barriers that are obviously required for the reconstruction project. The hours affected are 10am to 3pm. As issued today, RIOC announced that on each of those days the Tram will be on an hourly schedule for the same 5 hour period 10am to 3pm for normal maintenance work.
You may recall that in August 2004, the island experienced for an hour all three transportation links being down at once. As reported in the New York Times (Times Select) and in an April 2007 StreetsBlog post:
"The tram was down for a periodic tune-up. The Roosevelt Island Bridge, which lifts to allow boat traffic to pass through, was stuck in the open position. Electrical problems temporarily halted service on the F train."
Granted next week the Bridge will not be opened as part of the installation being planned but you never know. It will be Halloween after all.