Transit Sam, Week of July 31, 2013

Friday is an Accident Alert Day, kicking off the most dangerous month statistically on the road. With summer construction ramping up and lots of families heading out of town, early August sees four of the year’s ten deadliest driving days. I urge drivers to be especially cautious this month: Obey the speed limit, slow down in work zones, don’t drink and drive, and don’t text and drive.

The D.O.T.’s Summer Streets program will close Centre St. between the Brooklyn Bridge and Foley Square, and Lafayette St. between Foley Square and Astor Pl. (and Park Ave. all the way up to E. 72nd St.) 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.  Manhattan-bound traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge will take the F.D.R. Drive or the Park Row South exits. Several crosstown streets will remain open for cars during the event: Chambers, Reade, Worth, Canal, Broome and Houston Sts. Warning: Cars will be towed from Centre, Lafayette and Park starting at 11 p.m. Friday the night before.

The Summer Seaport Festival will close Water St. between Fulton and Broad Sts. 12 p.m. noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The lower Broadway reconstruction project is set to begin on Monday, with crews beginning on the west side of Broadway at Rector St., working northward towards Pine St. in two-block increments. A minimum of one lane will be kept open at all times meaning slow-go all day long.

Tribeca closures will be concentrated this week: Franklin St. will close between Hudson and Varick Sts. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The closure will repeat on the weekends of August 10 and August 17. N. Moore St. will close between Hudson and Greenwich Sts. 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Greenwich St. will close between Franklin and N. Moore Sts. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Detoured drivers will head to southbound West St. and eastbound Chambers St.

All Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will close for 29 hours 12:01 a.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday, as well as 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. Inbound traffic will be detoured to the Battery Tunnel and the Manhattan Bridge, which means more cars on West and Canal Sts., respectively.

In the Battery Park Underpass, one of two eastbound lanes will close between Route 9A/West St. and the F.D.R. Drive 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

On West St., one lane will be closed in both directions between West Thames and Vesey Sts. 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights. Two lanes will be closed in both directions between Canal and W. 14th Sts. 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday nights.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,
If my car is parked in front of the white pedestrian line and the front bumper of my car sticks out across the white line but my wheels do not touch or pass the white line, will I still get a summons?
Iris, New York

Dear Iris,
You might. You can park all the way up to the crosswalk, but no part of your car may reach over the crosswalk lines. Now don’t confuse the “Stop Bar,” the white line painted in advance of the crosswalk, with the crosswalk lines.  The stop bar has no bearing on parking and you may park atop it.
Transit Sam