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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 12:37 pm, Thu Nov 29, 2012.


Get ready Queens, five city holiday gridlock alert days are coming up before the New Year! With record numbers of tourists pouring into New York and lots of gift shopping still to be done, you can bet on gridlock.

The remaining Gridlock Alert days include Friday, Dec. 7; Thursday, Dec. 13; Friday, Dec. 14; Thursday, Dec. 20 and Friday, Dec. 21.

Expect delays around all major shopping areas in Queens now through New Years, including Main Street-Flushing, Queens Center mall, Rego Park mall, Jamaica Avenue, Atlas Park mall, 20th Avenue in College Point; Steinway Street in Astoria and more. Also, use transit to minimize the fray.

On Friday, Dec. 21, JFK and LaGuardia airports will be extra busy as people get away for the holiday season. Expect delays on the Belt Parkway, the Van Wyck Expressway and the Grand Central Parkway. Also allow an extra hour if you’re flying that day.

Because of Hurricane Sandy aftermaths, alternate side parking suspensions continue in these Queens neighborhoods: Breezy Point, Belle Harbor, Broad Channel, Neponsit, Arverne, Bayswater, Edgemere, Rockaway Park, Rockaway and Far Rockaway.

The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (renamed the Hugh Carey) is still closed to trucks, and the R train between Jay St.-Metro Tech Station and 34th St.-Herald Square is not in service, but is expected to be up and running within the next two weeks, according to city sources. For ongoing transportation updates, follow me at www.twitter/gridlocksam.

The following streets will be closed:

The 149th Street Bridge (over the LIRR) between 41st and Roosevelt avenues. The bridge remains closed until the completion of its rehabilitation.

The Grand Central Parkway between 82nd and 111th streets: One lane in each direction will be closed: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays; 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday; and 10 p.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday. Two lanes in each direction will be closed from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights, 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday through the end of December.

The Van Wyck Expressway between Jewel Avenue and Union Turnpike: One lane in each direction will be closed 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two lanes in each direction will be closed in each direction, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays, until the completion of the Kew Gardens Interchange rehabilitation.



Alternate side parking rules and metered parking rules (not including unconditional parking rules) are suspended on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas.

You can now order the Queens Traffic Guru 2013 parking calendar pre-sale for Hanukkah gifts. Order before Dec. 10, get one for $6, 2 for $11, 3 for $15 and 10 for $40! (Regular price is $8 each.) Visit gridlocksam.com or send check/money order (please include extra $2 for shipping) to Gridlock Sam, 611 Broadway Suite 415, New York, NY 10012.

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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