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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 10:30 am


Two big traffic days are coming up — the NYC ING Marathon and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! The marathon will take place Nov. 4, and its route will have rolling closures for these bridges, ranging from midnight the day before to 7 p.m. Marathon Day: The Verrazano Narrows, Pulaski, Queensboro and Madison Avenue.

The following streets in Queens will have rolling closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on race day: 11th Street, 48th Avenue, Vernon Boulevard, 10th Street, 44th Drive, Crescent Street and Queens Boulevard.

For more Marathon Sunday street closures, visit gridlocksam.com.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24. Its balloon inflation will tie up traffic on the Upper West Side with W. 77th and 81st streets between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West closed 10 a.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. Thursday. Central Park West between 81st and 59th streets will close after 10 p.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. Thursday.

The parade starts at 9 a.m. on Central Park West and 81st Street and proceeds to Columbus Circle, Seventh Avenue, 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, and ends outside Macy’s at 34th Street. These streets, along with Seventh Avenue between 33rd and 40th streets, are closed 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Expect traffic at the major bridges to be just as heavy into the city as out of the city on Thanksgiving afternoon and evening. Roads by the airports will be jammed too; allow 60 to 90 minutes extra travel time.

Unrelated closures include one lane in each direction on the GCP between 82nd and 111th streets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays, and on weekends from 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, and 10 p.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday. Two lanes in each direction are closed from 12:01 to 5 a.m. weeknights, from 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 9 a.m. Sunday through the end of December.

Two eastbound lanes are closed on the Belt Parkway at 130th Street from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights through Oct. 31st.

On the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, two westbound/southbound lanes between Cadman Plaza West and Atlantic Avenue are closed from 1 to 5 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.


Dear Queens’ Traffic Guru,

What’s the best way to Queens from Long Island? We live on the North Shore in Roslyn and my wife works at Queens College in Flushing. She varies between the LIE and Northern State Parkway. Any suggestions? She is traveling at peak rush hours, so we are wondering if there is a better, less-traveled way into Queens?

Chris and Anne, Long Island

Dear Chris and Anne,

I would be inclined to take the LIE to Exit 28, then follow the service road to 198th Street, which is one block past Francis Lewis Blvd. Turn right onto 198th and go one block to 58th Avenue and turn left. Follow 58th Avenue across Utopia Parkway where it becomes Booth Memorial Avenue. Continue for about two miles on Booth, which crosses Kissena Boulevard where Queens College is located. This traffic tip is in my guide “New York Shortcuts and Traffic Tips,” available on amazon.com.

Queens’ Traffic Guru

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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