Ice falling from World Trade Center closes stretch of West Street, Battery Park Underpass during morning rush

By Philip Caulfield New York Daily News

Several streets around the World Trade Center were shut down early Wednesday due to falling ice. Theodore Parisienne, New York Daily News

Several streets around the World Trade Center were shut down early Wednesday due to falling ice. Theodore Parisienne, New York Daily News

Falling ice from the World Trade Center forced authorities to shut down a stretch of West Street and the Battery Park Underpass Wednesday, snarling traffic for blocks on both sides of the complex during rush hour.

Southbound lanes of West Street were cordoned off from Canal Street to the underpass, while northbound lanes were shut from the underpass to Murray Street, the Office of Emergency Management said.The Battery Park Underpass was closed to all traffic.

The agency told commuters to expect “extensive” traffic delays.

Activity at the World Trade Center PATH wasn’t disrupted, the Port Authority said.

The closures were also reportedly causing commuting nightmares on the FDR.

One driver told the Daily News the highway was basically a parking lot starting from north of the Brooklyn Bridge to South Ferry.

Terrifying hunks of ice have been cascading down from 1 World Trade Center intermittently for the past two weeks, leading to several road closures and panic among pedestrians.

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