New York State’s Department of Transportation is advising drivers that there is a permanent change in traffic patterns on the westbound Grand Central Parkway in the heart of Queens beginning on or about Saturday morning, Nov. 16.
Motorists wishing to access westbound Union Turnpike and westbound Queens Boulevard will exit the GCP from a new permanent Exit 15 ramp, which sits approximately 500 feet east of the existing temporary ramp.
The change is part of the ongoing $365 million fourth phase of the Kew Gardens Interchange rebuilding project.
For real-time travel information, motorists should check New York State’s official traffic and travel information source, 511NY, before traveling. Call 511, visit 511NY.org or download the free 511NY mobile app on iTunes or Google Play.
The free service allows users to check road conditions, view traffic cameras and link to air and transit information. The app features drive mode, which provides audible alerts along a chosen route while a user is driving, warning them about incidents and construction.
As always, the DOT is reminding motorists that it is imperative that they drive carefully through the construction zone, for their own safety and the safety of workers.
Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions on two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
This story has been edited to reflect that the change took place this past weekend.