TRAFFIC NEWS and Updates
New York City Department Of Transportation
Because of ongoing construction work at several locations throughout Queens and Brooklyn, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced numerous street closures in local neighborhoods for the upcoming week.
The announced diversions are current as of Wednesday, Nov. 28. 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:
At Midtown Tunnel
Contraflow traffic lanes at the Queens Midtown Tunnel are again in effect during the morning rush hours as of Monday, Nov. 26, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
The traffic pattern, which allows three lanes of traffic into the city between 7 and 10 a.m. on weekdays, was restored after repairs to the signal control system operating the overhead lights inside the tunnel were completed. That allows green lights to be displayed over one lane and red lights over the other lane within the same tube, which is necessary during twoway traffic operation.
Following Hurricane Sandy, the system could keep the lights either all green or all red. The tunnel had been flooded with water from the nearby Newtown Creek when Sandy struck on Oct. 29.
Through a massive recovery effort, the Queens Midtown Tunnel re- opened in stages, beginning with bus service on Nov. 6, cars on Nov. 9 and trucks on Nov. 16.
Gas Restrictions Have Been Lifted
The city’s odd-even gasoline rationing program was ended by Mayor Michael Bloomberg last Saturday morning, Nov. 24. The program had been enacted in the wake of the gasoline shortage following Hurricane Sandy.
“The odd-even license plate system not only significantly reduced extreme lines, but also eased anxiety and disruptions for drivers at gas stations across the five boroughs,” Bloomberg said. “With more than 85 percent of gas stations now operating ... and Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, the odd-even license plate system [has been] rescinded.”
Gridlock Alerts For The Holidays
During the holiday season, the DOT has enacted its Holiday Traffic Plan to keep vehicles moving in Manhattan. The agency have designated certain dates as “gridlock alert days” in which higher-than-normal traffic is anticipated.
Residents, commuters and visitors are strongly advised to use mass transit on the following gridlock alert days: Friday, Dec. 7; Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13-14; and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 19-21.
Kew Gdns. Project Affects Union Tpke.
Long-term construction related to the state Department of Transportation’s Kew Gardens Interchange project will require the right lane of Union Turnpike eastbound to be closed at all times between 128th and 134th streets. All existing traffic lanes will remain open and are shifted to the left.
Lane Closures On Grand Central Pkwy.
One lane of the Grand Central Parkway in each direction will be closed between 82nd and 111th streets on weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on weekdays. Lane closures will also take place from 10 p.m. Fridays to 7 a.m. Saturdays and from 10 p.m. Saturdays to 3 p.m. Sundays.
Two lanes of traffic in each direction may be closed on weeknights from 12:01 until 5 a.m., Saturdays from 1 to 6 a.m. and Sundays from 1 to 9 a.m.
Lane Closures On Van Wyck Expwy.
One of three lanes in each direction of the Van Wyck Expressway between Jewel Avenue and Union Turnpike may be closed on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. due to construction work related to the Kew Gardens rehabilitation project.
Additionally, up to two lanes in either direction of the expressway in the same section may be closed on overnights from 1 to 5 a.m.
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For additional closures, visit the city DOT’s website at www.nyc.gov/dot or call 311.