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Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 12:00 am

Hello Queens!! I’m excited and humbled to present my first official forecast and letter. Please feel free to e-mail me at TrafficGuruSS@qchron.net with any questions or concerns.

Friday is an official Gridlock Alert Day, which means most major roads and crossings will be packed after 3 p.m. The Long Island Expressway will live up to its reputation as the world’s biggest parking lot and the Queens Midtown Tunnel and Throgs Neck Bridge will be packed to the gills. Adding to the gridlock is the first night of Hanukkah, with Jewish families heading out to menorah lightings throughout the city.

Also expect lots of traffic near the airports the next 10 days, with next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday all official Gridlock Alert Days. The Van Wyck Expressway and Grand Central Parkway will also be heavily affected. Safe travels and happy holidays!


Dear Queens Traffic Guru,

Each private parking area in front of a store has to have handicapped spaces. Since it is private property, how is it that the city can issue summonses for handicapped parking violations?

Joseph, Middle Village

Dear Joseph,

It’s the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws that give the city the authority to issue such summonses. According to section 1203-c (6), “a state, county, or municipal law enforcement officer seeking to enforce subdivision four may enter onto the parking lot of any shopping center or facility … which is required to contain accessible and designated parking spaces for people with disabilities, regardless of the existence or absence of any state or local law or rule otherwise permitting or restricting such access.”

In addition, Section 1642 specifies that NYC has the authority to cite on public roads and private ways open to the public.

Queens Traffic Guru

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