Transit Sam, Week of Feb. 28, 2013

Wednesday, February 27th – Tuesday, March 5th


Lower Manhattan can expect a change in traffic patterns as tolls jump to $15 round-trip cash at the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the Queens Midtown Tunnel; the round-trip E-ZPass rate will be $10.66. One-way cash tolls to Staten Island at the Verrazano Bridge will go up to $15.

So here’s what will happen: Drivers will avoid the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and switch to the Brooklyn Bridge affecting Park Row, Chambers St., and the area around City Hall. Truckers facing as high as an $80 fare to cross the Verrazano Bridge will head over to the Manhattan Bridge where they can get to New Jersey for free. This means Canal St. will be overloaded with even more trucks – hard as that is to believe. Drivers seeking to avoid the tolls at the Queens Midtown Tunnel will switch to the Williamsburg Bridge, jamming Delancey, Kenmare, and Broome Sts.

Tolls will also increase at five other bridges: Henry Hudson, RFK, Throgs Neck, and the Rockaway bridges. Also, subway fare will jump a quarter to $2.50.

All Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will close overnight 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, 12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, 12:01 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday, and overnight 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Tuesday.

At the Lincoln Tunnel, all lanes of the New Jersey-bound helix (the spiral approach road to the tunnel) will close 11:59 p.m. Wednesday to 4:30 a.m. Thursday. All lanes of the Manhattan-bound helix will close 10:30 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

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Road closures abound! Ann St. will close between Park Row and Nassau St. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Construction will completely close Gouverneur La. between Front and South Sts. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Crane installation will fully close Leonard St. between West Broadway and Church St. 6 a.m. Saturday through 9 p.m. Sunday.

The ongoing closure of the north lane of Chambers St. between Greenwich St. and Broadway will extend to Elk St. all day Monday and Tuesday. Chambers St. will fully close between W. Broadway and Greenwich St. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. At all other times, Chambers St. runs one-way westbound, with eastbound M22 buses rerouted to Warren St.

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4 Responses to Transit Sam, Week of Feb. 28, 2013

  1. Chad, you’ll need to go to the Crescent City Connection office (it’s the builidng to the right of the toll lanes when you are headed to the East Bank). Easiest way to get there from Harvey would be the Expressway. Exit at Terry Pkwy but continue onto Gen de Gaulle. Turn right on de Gaulle, left at Shirley (first light), then immediately left again onto Mardi Gras Blvd. It will curve around to the right and the office will be on your left. Good luck!

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  3. Sohail, I don’t believe you can get the tags olnnie. You’ll need to visit the Crescent City Connection office to get the tag, but you can have future payments drafted from your debit or credit card.

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