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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 1:49 pm, Thu Jul 28, 2011.

After some delay, construction on Linden Boulevard in St. Albans has officially begun. For the next three months, Linden between Farmers Boulevard and 195th Street will be one-way eastbound 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

At all other times, one lane in each direction will remain open to traffic. Westbound traffic will be able to turn right onto 197th Street, left onto 116th Avenue, left onto Farmers Boulevard and a right back onto Linden. Buses, however, will not be diverted off Linden. A flagger will direct buses in both directions through the construction area when the conversion is in effect.

The Queensboro or RFK-Triborough bridges will be far better options this weekend over the Midtown Tunnel, since the Queens-bound tube will be closed 1 a.m. Saturday morning through 3 a.m. Monday. Two-way traffic will operate in the Manhattan-bound tube with commercial vehicles directed to other crossings.

In Ridgewood, a festival will close Myrtle Avenue from Fresh Pond Road to Forest Avenue 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7.

From The Mailbag:

Dear Queens Traffic Guru,

I was riding home on the 7 train recently on a rainy summer evening when I spotted an interesting curiosity (see photo). I saw one of the cars labeled as an “8” train heading back from Corona during the evening rush.

This was merely a single car attached to the 7 train I was riding on. I saw the “8” through the window of the next car. Do you know anything about this?

Rebecca, Corona

Dear Rebecca,

Yes I do, and talk about a case of the “crazy eights!” Here’s what MTA NYC Transit believes happened; the city’s older subway cars came with large, color-coded route signs on the ends of the car (newer cars have red LED signs). Because it is expensive to change these signs once installed, NYCT ordered them with extra letters and numbers for new services that might be started during the 30-plus years life of the cars, such as the coming Second Avenue Subway’s “T” designation.

The “8” you saw should have remained hidden, not because it’s a secret, but because there isn’t a need for it yet. Somebody goofed, and your sharp eye caught it. Keep that photo, Rebecca, because you never know what the future may hold.

Readers, keep your eyes peeled for other unique subway mysteries that may be floating around the city’s friendly rails.

Queens Traffic Guru

Email your 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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