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New traffic map helps prevent surprise street closures



Surprise street closures will hopefully be a thing of the past for New Yorkers.

The city launched a new online map Tuesday that lets users track current and planned street closures due to construction and special events in all five boroughs.

"This tool will offer relief for New Yorkers by showing exactly which streets are closed on any given date, at any time," Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who first suggested the map last year, said in a statement.

The improved traffic map comes as a result of a new city law signed in May.

"We all know how frustrating it can be to wake up and find your street has been unexpectedly blocked off," Council Member Daniel Garodnick (D-Manhattan), who authored the bill, said in a statement. "This online tool will give all of us a chance to find the events when we want them, and to avoid them when we don't."

City officials say the map will gain additional features later this year to include information on local film shoots, events at city parks and parking regulations.

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