Transit Sam Week of March 17, 2016

Dates: Thurs., Mar. 17 – Wed., Mar. 23

 Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Slowdowns from the 255th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Ave. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Thursday) will hit Midtown the hardest, but Lower Manhattan will still feel the effect. Watch for extra traffic as drivers avoid the Queens-Midtown and Lincoln tunnels and head downtown to the Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn bridges, and the Holland Tunnel. Follow me on Twitter @GridlockSam and visit the website www.GridlockSam.com for more information on the latest traffic news.

The New York City Half Marathon will impact several streets with rolling closures in and leading into Lower Manhattan 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday: the southbound West Side Highway between 44th St. and the Battery Park Underpass, the Battery Park Underpass between the West Side Highway and the South St. exit of the FDR, South St. between Old Slip and Maiden Ln., Maiden Ln. between South and Water Sts., Water St. between Maiden Ln. and Wall St. and between Wall and Whitehall Sts., State St. between Whitehall and Pearl Sts., Front St. between Maiden Ln. and Old Slip, Wall St. between Water and South Sts., Gouverneur Ln. between Water and South Sts., Hanover Sq. between Water and Stone Sts., Stone St. between Hanover Sq. and Coenties Alley, Coenties Alley between Stone and Water Sts., Pearl St. between Coenties Alley and Hanover Sq., and Broad St. between Water and South Sts. This means that the southbound FDR will see lots of extra traffic, and it’ll be tough for Battery Park City residents to get their cars east of West St.

The Stone St. Pedestrian Mall will close Stone St. between Hanover Sq. and Broad St., and Mill Ln. between Stone and South William Sts. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

Late-night homecoming won’t be easy for Lower Manhattanites on Thursday. In the Lincoln Tunnel, the New York-bound south tube will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, sending inbound traffic south to the Holland Tunnel. Meanwhile, one New York-bound and one New Jersey-bound lane of the Holland Tunnel will close during the same period.

In the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, one tube will close Monday through Friday nights 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. One tube will also close 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday. During the closure, two lanes of traffic will remain in the open tube.