Traffic News and Updates

New York City Department Of Transportation

No Street Cleaning On Friday, Aug. 15

Alternate side parking rules will be suspended next Friday, Aug. 15, in observance of the Christian Feast of the Assumption. Meter regulations, however, will remain in effect.

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Because of ongoing construction work at several locations throughout Queens and Brooklyn, the city DOT has announced numerous street closures in local neighborhoods for the upcoming week.

The announced diversions are current as of Wednesday, Aug. 6, and weather permitting. The DOT may shut down other roads should the need for emergency repairs arise.

Streets and highways that are affected by closures during this week include the following:

Grand St. Bridge Closed Saturday

The Grand Street Bridge over the Newtown Creek will be closed in both directions on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. for mechanical and electrical repairs.

Drivers are advised to use Metropolitan and Flushing avenues as alternate routes between Brooklyn and Queens while the closure is underway.

Street Resurfacing In Kew Gardens

Weather permitting, DOT crews will conduct nighttime paving along Metropolitan Avenue between Union Turnpike and Lefferts Boulevard in Kew Gardens on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7-8.

Parking is prohibited on these streets during work hours; all vehicles found parked will be towed away at the owner’s expense.

Lane Closures On

Van Wyck Expwy.

One of three lanes in each direction of the Van Wyck Expressway between Jewel Avenue and Union Turnpike may be closed on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. due to construction work related to the Kew Gardens rehabilitation project.

Additionally, up to two lanes in either direction of the expressway in the same section may be closed on overnights from 1 to 5 a.m.

Kew Gdns. Project Affects Union Tpke.

Long-term construction related to the state Department of Transportation’s Kew Gardens Interchange project will require the right lane of Union Turnpike eastbound to be closed at all times between 128th and 134th streets. All existing traffic lanes will remain open and are shifted to the left.

Lane Closures On Grand Central Pkwy.

One lane of the Grand Central Parkway in each direction will be closed between 82nd and 111th streets on weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on weekdays. Lane closures will also take place from 10 p.m. Fridays to 7 a.m. Saturdays and from 10 p.m. Saturdays to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Two lanes of traffic in each direction may be closed on weeknights from 12:01 until 5 a.m., Saturdays from 1 to 6 a.m. and Sundays from 1 to 9 a.m.

Additionally, up to two lanes in both directions on the Grand Central Parkway may be closed under 44th Street and 47th Streets weeknights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through September to allow for bridge repainting.

Exit Ramp Closed

Near Whitestone Br.

The Third Avenue exit on the northbound approach to the Whitestone Bridge is closed to all traffic as part of a $109 million reconstruction project.

Separate car and truck detours will be in place while the exit ramp is closed. Signs will be in place and traffic agents will be on hand when the detours begin. The closure is expected to remain in place for approximately two years.

Passenger vehicles driving from the northbound Cross Island Parkway will have to exit at Utopia Parkway (exit 34); those driving from the northbound Whitestone Expressway will need to exit past the 20th Avenue exit and merge onto the Cross Island Parkway.

For additional closures, visit the city DOT’s website at www.nyc.gov/dot or call 311.

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