NYC Holiday Construction Embargo

Across the country, municipalities limit construction activity, building permit issuances, or street closures during certain dates and times through November and December. This is done to promote full access to retail stores, restaurants and other businesses by the public.

Whenever possible, additional hours will be granted during the embargo period. The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) has reduced the parameters due to the reduction in holiday activities. This provides contractors an opportunity to complete work in areas that would have otherwise been heavily trafficked.

The NYC Holiday Construction Embargo will be in effect from Wednesday, November 15th 2023 – Tuesday, January 2nd 2024. On all holiday season gridlock alert days during the Holiday Construction Embargo period lane closures are prohibited from 6:00 AM to midnight on highways (and their service roads) and East and Harlem River Bridge Crossings listed below.

Location NYC


  • Belt Parkway
  • Brooklyn Queens Expressway
  • Gowanus Expressway
  • Jackie Robinson Parkway
  • Prospect Expressway


  • Bronx River Parkway
  • Bruckner Expressway
  • Cross Bronx Expressway
  • Henry Hudson Parkway
  • Hutchinson River Parkway
  • Major Deegan Expressway
  • New England Thruway
  • Throgs Neck Expressway


  • Joe DiMaggio Highway/West Street (9A)/11th Avenue/12th Avenue
  • Miller Highway/Henry Hudson Parkway
  • FDR Drive/Harlem River Drive
  • Trans-Manhattan Expressway


  • Belt Parkway
  • Brooklyn Queens Expressway
  • Cross Island Parkway
  • Grand Central Parkway
  • Jackie Robinson Parkway
  • Long Island Expressway
  • Van Wyck Expressway

Staten Island:

  • Staten Island Expressway
  • West Shore Expressway

East River Bridge Crossings:

  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Ed Koch/Queensboro Bridge
  • Manhattan Bridge
  • Williamsburg Bridge

Harlem River Bridge Crossings:

  • 145th Street Bridge
  • Alexander Hamilton Bridge
  • Broadway Bridge
  • Macombs Dam Bridge
  • Madison Avenue Bridge
  • Third Avenue Bridge
  • University Heights Bridge
  • Willis Avenue B

For additional details such as streets subject to conditions click here. As always, the Burnham Nationwide team is available to answer any questions on moratorium procedures or to assist with the application process for waivers in our offices throughout the country.

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