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Holiday traffic messes and fighting a parking ticket

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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 5:34 pm, Fri Dec 2, 2011.

Happy holidays Queens! The Queens Traffic Guru is about to break down your holiday traffic forecast.

While most construction around the city is limited during the holidays through the New Year, one project still ongoing is work on the RFK-Triborough Bridge. The bridge’s exit ramp to Randall’s Island from the Manhattan Toll Plaza will remain closed through Friday morning, Dec. 16. Drivers who need to reach Randall’s Island from Manhattan will be detoured to the new Wards Island ramp by staying right past the Manhattan Toll Plaza and following the signs towards Queens.

Near the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, the Queens Plaza South Service Roadway between 21st and Crescent streets will be closed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights and 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. weekend nights the next two weeks for resurfacing. There may be added turbulence coming into Queens over the bridge.

Three New York City holiday Gridlock Alert Days down, six more to go! The city issues these special alerts between Thanksgiving and New Year’s to encourage folks to use mass transit and reduce traffic congestion. With record numbers of tourists coming into the city, a forecasted uptick in holiday travel and lots of shopping still to be done, there’s plenty of holiday traffic to go around. The remaining Gridlock Alert Days include Friday, Dec. 9; Thursday, Dec. 15; Friday, Dec. 16; Wednesday, Dec. 21; Thursday, Dec. 22; and Friday, Dec. 23.

Also expect delays around all major shopping areas in Queens now through New Year’s, including Main Street in Flushing, Queens Center mall, Rego Center mall, Jamaica Avenue, 20th Avenue in College Point, Steinway Street in Astoria and more such spots.

FROM THE MAILBAG:

Dear Queens Traffic Guru,

I recently received a ticket for parking in a “No Standing” zone but I was simply dropping my family off at a store. This took less than a minute. While waiting for a break in the traffic to merge back in, a traffic agent blocked my car and gave me a ticket. How could I have been parked if I was waiting for a break in traffic?

When the agent finished with the ticket, the agent didn’t even hand it to me! He just put it under my wiper and drove off. Any advice?

Danny, Rego Park

Dear Danny,

I think you’ve got a shot at a dismissal, but it all comes down to how credible you sound.

First, you were not parking, but standing to temporarily drop off a few passengers, as defined in Section 4-01 of the NYC Traffic Rules. Second, since you were in the driver’s seat, you should’ve been personally serviced, as per Section 238.2 of the Vehicle and Traffic Laws. The agent should have asked for your ID or noted ID refused. A notarized statement from your family would also help. Good luck.

Queens’ Traffic Guru

Have questions on traffic, transit or a ticket you got? Want to know when Gridlock Alert Days are? 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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