Let the summer driving season begin! Thursdays and Fridays are huge travel days through Labor Day as folks head out to the Jersey Shore, Hamptons, Catskills and other relaxing destinations.
Among the hardest hit roads and crossings are the Van Wyck Expressway by Kennedy Airport and the Grand Central Parkway by LaGuardia Airport. That’s because U.S. airlines are expected to carry about three million more travelers nationwide this summer than last. For those catching a flight, transit’s the way to go. For LaGuardia, take the M60 or Q48 bus, and for JFK, take the E, J or Z trains to Sutphin Boulevard, or the Long Island Rail Road to Jamaica, and transfer to AirTrain.
On the traffic front, volumes are slightly down at the MTA crossings so far this year, but several 24/7 lane closures will have an impact. Those closures include the Whitestone Bridge with one lane closed Queensbound around the clock (except between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays when one lane is closed Bronx-bound). In addition, one lane on the RFK-Triborough Bridge’s Queens-Manhattan ramp is also closed. The Throgs Neck Bridge may be your best bet for Bronx-Queens travel. The Long Island Expressway will have some overnight closures farther out on the isle over the course of the summer. Safe travels everyone!
FROM THE MAILBAG:
Dear Queens Traffic Guru,
I recently received a ticket for driving without a seatbelt, but there’s a catch. I was trying to wiggle out of a tight parking space, and it was easier without the belt to weave back and forth to get out. Shortly after, I was stopped. How should I plead?
I’d plead not guilty and explain what happened. I always wear my seatbelt, but even I have waited to buckle up while trying to get out of a tight spot if I’m constantly turning back and forth. Let’s hope the judge has wiggled out of a few parking spaces too. I can’t make any promises, but it doesn’t hurt to plead your case.
Queens Traffic Guru
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