Un-numbered update: It's now officially BridgeGate!
Here's something I found while perusing the 'data dump' of 'BridgeGate' documents released today. Find the whole dump here:
Basically, there was a study already scheduled, called the 'Center & Lemoine Traffic Data'. A consultant (Hardesty & Hannover) had been hired to install traffic cameras to study the NORMAL traffic flow in order to plan traffic diversion for a future project called 'Center & Lemoine Avenue Bridge Deck Replacement'. Here is one of the e-mails in the data dump:
Now look at 2 e-mails from 9/11/13 between people involved in the REAL traffic study:
It's pretty obvious that Wildstein's 'TL24 test' was not authorized or planned through normal channels - certainly none of the real traffic study people knew anything about it beforehand.
In other documents, it is clear that the first clue that bridge operations people knew about Wildstein's 'TL24 test' was on the afternoon of Friday 9/6/13, conveniently leaving nobody any time to deal with it before Monday morning.
As for the incomplete PDF that purports to show some sort of results - perhaps from the 'TL24 test' - I'm still looking at that. It's difficult to figure it has any meaning, other than someone hurriedly, and after-the-fact, trying to cobble together enough garbage to fool people that it was the results of a real traffic study.
Sorry for the crude presentation of this diary. I'm trying to get this out quickly so everyone interested can understand more about the details of this debacle.
UPDATE: How David Wildstein planned and carried out the retribution
I've been wondering how he did it, and why it took so long (from the 8/5 e-mail from the deputy c-o-s to 9/9 implementation).
Here's some traces and what I think is a plausible explanation:
Wildstein asked Peter Zipf, presumably the boss of Jose Rivera (Chief Traffic Engineer), for some scenarios to possibly modify the traffic flow out of Fort Lee onto the GWB. Rivera presented 3:
So it took 3 weeks for Wildstein's request to work its way through the Port Authority. Remember, Wildstein needed some sort of 'cover', he couldn't just call up on 8/5 and say 'close those lanes tomorrow'.
Next, we see another e-mail from Zipf to Waldstein (apparently the request mentioned was by phone - no e-mail appears to exist)
I'll have another update shortly, relating to the implantation.
UPDATE 2: When did PA Traffic Engineering find out about 'TL24'?
Here's the e-mail that let Traffic Engineering know about the planned lane closures:
I agree that none of this is a 'smoking gun' that implicates Gov. Christie. I'm merely trying to figure out some of the timeline and actions that occurred.
UPDATE 3: Evidence this wasn't a legitimate 'traffic study'
For those who might think Wildstein's 'TL24 Test' was somehow a normal traffic study, let's take a look at Director Foy's letter of early 9/13:
Reading that paragraph, I got the feeling that he was mainly reiterating existing policies for changing traffic patterns.
This tells me that the 'TL24 test' was completely unauthorized and failed to follow policy.