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The Labor Day crunch is on

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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 12:56 pm, Fri Aug 31, 2012.

Alternate side parking regulations are suspended on Monday, Sept. 3 for Labor Day; and Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 18 for Rosh Hashanah; and Wednesday, Sept. 26 for Yom Kippur.

The Labor Day crunch is on! Starting 2 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Friday, there’ll be a variety of gridlock on all major roads and crossings, including the Long Island Expressway and Grand Central Parkway, as folks squeeze in one last getaway before the unofficial end of summer.

Prepare for airport gridlock ahead! Roads servicing the big three airports will be snarled - watch out for the LIE, the Belt Parkway, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the Van Wyck Expressway and the GCP. Factor in an extra 90 minutes to get to your flight on time.

There will be no overnight lane closures for the Manhattan-bound Brooklyn Bridge starting 5 a.m. Friday to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when overnight closures resume according to its regular schedule (overnights10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday).

You may be feeling the congestion with US Open fans driving to Flushing for the ongoing 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. events, until the last two matches of the Women’s Doubles Final and the Men’s Final 12 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.

Fans of the Open will conflict with fans of the Mets on the LIE, GCP, Van Wyck and Northern Boulevard both baseball games and tennis matches take place 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 and noon (US Open) and 1 p.m. (Mets) Sunday, Sept. 9.

Hey, we love ‘em even if they are having a lousy season. In September our beloved Mets will be home for most of the month. They play the Braves 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9; and then face the Braves 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. They take on the Phillies 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. They play the Marlins 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Then, they battle the Pirates at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

A Business Association Festival in Astoria closes 30th Avenue between 41st and 29th Streets from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3rd. A festival closes Woodside Avenue between Roosevelt Avenue and 65th Place, and 61st Street between Roosevelt and Woodside from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.   

Barclays Center in Brooklyn opens with a Jay-Z concert 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.  Barclays is easily reached from Queens by taking the G, N, Q or R trains, or the LIRR to Atlantic Terminal. Stay tuned for Brooklyn Nets games!

Coming up on Sunday, Sept. 9 is the NYC Century Bike Tour, starting at 6 a.m. and rolling through Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens, ending at 6 p.m. There are no full closures but traffic will be stopped at the NYPD’s discretion.

Beware of the following rolling street closures, in addition to other possible ones: The Pulaski Bridge (bike path), Cross Bay Boulevard between East 20th Road in Broad Channel and 165th Avenue, Myrtle Avenue between 79th Street and Forest Park Drive, Queens Boulevard between Ascan Avenue and 102nd Street, Yellowstone Boulevard between 67th and 63rd Avenues, and the Grand Central Parkway between 62nd Avenue and Meadow Lake Promenade.

Have a question about traffic, transit or a ticket you got? Email the Queens Traffic Guru at TrafficGuruSS@qchron.net or write to Queens Traffic Guru, 611 Broadway, Suite 415, New York NY, 10012.

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