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Columns March 24, 2011  RSS feed

TRAFFIC NEWS and Updates

New York City Department Of Transportation

Road Work

Because of ongoing construction work at several locations throughout Queens and Brooklyn, the New York City Department of Transportation has announced numerous street closures in local neighborhoods for the upcoming week.

The announced diversions are current as of Wednesday, Mar. 23. The DOT may shut down other roads should the need for emergency repairs arise.

Streets and highways that are affected by closures during this week include the following:

Kew Gdns. Project Affects Van Wyck

One lane in each direction of the Van Wyck Expressway at the Kew Gardens interchange between Grand Central Parkway and 86th Avenue may be closed on weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., on weeknights from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m., on Saturdays from 12:01 until 6 a.m. and on Sundays from 12:01 until 10 a.m.

Two lanes in each direction may be closed on early weekday mornings from 1 to 5 a.m., on Saturday mornings from 1 to 5 a.m. (6 a.m. northbound) and Sunday mornings from 1 to 6 a.m. (7 a.m. northbound).

These lane closures are necessary in order to facilitate roadway reconstruction by the New York State Department of Transportation. The project is scheduled to continue through March 2012.

Bridge Work On

Northern Blvd.

One eastbound lane of the Northern Boulevard bridge over Flushing river will be closed on Mondays through Thursdays from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. and from 11 p.m. on Fridays until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Two lanes will be closed during early morning hours on Monday through Thursday from 12:01 until 5 a.m. and on Saturday mornings from 1 to 6:30 a.m.

One westbound lane on the bridge will be closed on Mondays through Thursdays from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. and from 10 p.m. Fridays until 7 a.m. Saturdays. Two lanes will be closed on Mondays through Thursdays from 12:01 until 5 a.m. and on Saturdays from 1 to 6:30 a.m.

These lane closures are necessary for bridge repairs and are scheduled to continue through May 31. Lane closures will not take place during major holidays.

Lane Closures On Grand Central Pkwy.

One lane of the Grand Central Parkway will be closed in either direction under the 37th Street overpass on Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. Closures will also occur on weekends from 11 p.m. Fridays until 6 a.m. Saturdays and on Sundays from 12:01 to 11 a.m. The lane closures will continue through June as the DOT conducts bridge rehabilitation.

Additionally, one lane in each direction of the Grand Central Parkway will be closed between 82nd and 111th streets on weekdays from 12:01 a.m. until 5 a.m., on Saturdays from 1 to 6 a.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 9 a.m. as the DOT conducts maintenance work.

Borden Ave. Br. Is Open Amid Repairs

The Borden Avenue Bridge over the Dutch Kills in Long Island City will have sporadic single lane closures through March to complete ongoing sidewalk and punch list work. Drivers are advised to be prepared for any delays related to the ongoing work.

Work Continues On Long Island Expwy.

One to two lanes of the eastbound Long Island Expressway will be closed between Exits 17 and 19 during weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m., Saturdays from 12:01 until 8 a.m. and Sundays from 1 to 10 a.m.

Furthermore, one to two westbound lanes of the expressway in this section will be closed on weeknights from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.; Saturdays from 12:01 until 5 a.m. and Sundays from 12:01 until 10 a.m.

It was noted that a full closure of one direction for 15 minutes per hour may occur as needed between 2 and 5 a.m. weeknights and on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 6 a.m.

These lane closures are needed due to ongoing bridge repainting that will occur through March 2011.

For additional closures, visit the city DOT’s website at www.nyc.gov/dot or call 311.