Transit Sam, Sept. 25, 2013


The U.N. General Assembly continues this week and will have some impacts on Lower Manhattan traffic. Although President Obama has come and gone, there will still be some domino traffic as drivers avoid the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and opt for the Williamsburg Bridge, adding traffic to Delancey St. For the latest on heads of states screwing up traffic, follow me on Twitter @gridlocksam.

All Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will close 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. This will shift inbound drivers to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and the Manhattan Bridge, then onto West St. and Canal St., respectively. The same closure will occur 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

In the Hugh L. Carey (Brooklyn-Battery) Tunnel, one tube will close 10 p.m. Saturday through 3 p.m. Sunday for the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Run. During the closure, the remaining tube will carry one lane of traffic in each direction. At 8 a.m. Sunday, the remaining tube will close for the run.

The run will also close the West Side Highway between Joseph P. Ward and Liberty Sts., Vesey St. between North End Ave. and West St., North End Ave. between Vesey and Murray Sts., and Liberty St. between West St. and South End Ave. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

M.T.A. FASTRACK work means no trains at N, Q, or R stations in Manhattan 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday (the work continues through 5 a.m. Friday, October 4). N trains run in Brooklyn and Queens only and Q trains are rerouted via the D line to and from the 57th St. F station.

Washington St. will close between Rector and Ward Sts. 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Monday, and Tuesday nights.

Leonard St. will close between Hudson and Varick Sts. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

On West St./Route 9A between West Thames and Chambers Sts., two lanes in each direction will close 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Franklin St. is fully closed between Hudson and Varick Sts. through the end of the month.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,

We are having a wedding at the Bowery Hotel on Nov. 3. Guests are all staying in Soho. Anything we need to do or tell our guests for Sunday? Our event doesn’t start until 6 p.m.

What about airport arrivals? A few people aren’t arriving until the morning of, and are flying into La Guardia.
Kerrie, New York

Dear Kerrie,
Here’s a rundown for your guests who must drive:  those coming from La Guardia in the morning should take the Grand Central Parkway to the B.Q.E. to the Williamsburg Bridge.  DO NOT TAKE THE QUEENSBORO BRIDGE! Those from New Jersey should take the Holland Tunnel. Those from Brooklyn need only worry if they are arriving before noon. In that event take the Prospect to the Gowanus to the Battery Tunnel. From Upper Manhattan or the Bronx, stick with the West Side until 5 p.m. to account for stragglers.

In any event congratulations and enjoy the day!
Transit Sam