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New Year’s traffic jams and school break parking

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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 12:00 pm

Happy New Year Queens from your Queens Traffic Guru! As we ring in 2012, we still have a few traffic stoppers to go. I’ve outlined the biggest ones below.

On Friday, Dec. 30, many roads and crossings will fill up after 4 p.m. for last-minute New Year’s getaways. Impacting traffic between the Bronx and Queens is a football game at Yankee Stadium around 3:30 p.m., with the worst of the worst coming between 6:30 and 7 p.m. If you’re heading west out of the city, consider the Throgs Neck Bridge or Midtown Tunnel.

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square will close off Broadway and Seventh Avenue from 42nd to 59th streets between 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 and 2 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. The hundreds of thousands cramming the area will cause a ripple effect on traffic heading over the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge or through the Midtown Tunnel.

Monday, Jan. 2, New Years Day observed, will be a very heavy travel day come the early afternoon as folks come in through JFK and LaGuardia airports for return trips home. Expect delays on the Grand Central Parkway, Van Wyck Expressway and all major roads and crossings after 3 p.m., with mass transit being the way to go. Safe travels everyone!

From The Mailbag

Dear Queens Traffic Guru,

Are weekdays during winter recess considered school days if public schools are out for Christmas and New Years? I haven’t parked in a school day zone near where I live, because I don’t want to risk a parking ticket. Thanks for your help.

Shelly, Woodside

Dear Shelly,

Drivers benefit from more available parking spaces during winter recess since weekdays are not considered school days for public schools during the Christmas break (if you’re near a private school, double check to make sure they’re not in session for parking purposes). So for the remainder of winter recess, or through Monday Jan. 2, please feel free to park your car in the school zone near you without fear of receiving a ticket.

Here’s a heads up for summer recess, though! Since camp programs and summer school are both considered “school days,” you can be ticketed for parking near a school during the summer months. So whenever you’re parking in a school zone and you want to be extra sure that school is not considered to be in session, look around for clues before parking in the area. Such clues include whether there are lights on in the school, cars parked nearby with ‘teacher’ placards in the windshield or children around in general. When in doubt, park somewhere else!

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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