Transit Sam, week of April 3, 2014


Thurs., April 3 – Wed., April 9


A full weekend closure ahead on the Brooklyn Bridge! All Manhattan-bound lanes will close midnight Friday night to 6 a.m. Monday. Expect extra traffic in the Battery Tunnel and on the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, and West St., Canal St. and Delancey St.

The inbound south tube of the Lincoln Tunnel will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. That’ll send some traffic south to the Holland Tunnel, where one inbound lane will close during the same hours. So: the Holland will be extra slow from New Jersey all the way onto Canal St.

On West St./Route 9A, one lane will close in each direction between W. Thames and Vesey Sts. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Street fairs on Sixth Ave. and Broadway in the teens and twenties may cause slowdowns for Lower Manhattanites heading north and south this weekend. The Sixth Ave. Chelsea Festival will close Sixth Ave. between 23rd and 32nd Sts. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The Union Square/Broadway Festival will close Broadway between 17th and 23rd Sts. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Rector St. will close between Washington and West Sts. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Washington St. will close between Rector and Carlisle Sts. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Park Place will close between Broadway and Church Sts.10 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday. Charles St. will close between West and Washington Sts. 6 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday. Chambers St. will close between Broadway and Church St. 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,

Who’s the genius at NYC DOT that came up with the new ASP sign font?  It is so small that you need a ladder to read it.  Was it designed to save paint or increase ticketing?


Dear Bob,

NYC DOT hired a design firm to make the signs clearer with fewer words. But, I’m with you. My old eyes can’t read the new signs from behind the wheel. I will convey your complaint, along with mine, to NYC DOT.

Transit Sam

Lower Manhattanites, send me your traffic and transit questions: transitsam@downtownexpress.com.


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