Motorists & Parking
Special Traffic Advisories
This alert lists areas where major street construction projects and street events will interrupt the normal flow of traffic. This is a supplementary report to the published Weekly Traffic Advisory & Weekend Advisory.
In the event of a security alert or emergency, the New York City Office of Emergency Management or the New York Police Department may order unscheduled closings, checkpoints or detours on local streets, highways and river crossings. Subscribe to DOT email updates Visit the NYC Street Closures Map Check the list of construction embargoes
Holiday Gridlock Alert Days
Holiday gridlock alerts days are the days with the heaviest vehicular traffic days of the season. Residents, commuters and visitors are strongly advised to use mass transit, bike, or walk on these days.
The 2013 holiday season gridlock alert days are:
- Friday, November 22
- Wednesday, November 27
- Wednesday, December 4
- Friday, December 6
- Thursday, December 12
- Friday, December 13
- Wednesday, December 18
- Thursday, December 19
- Friday, December 20
Brooklyn Bridge Rehabilitation
As part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge ramps and approaches, The full closure for traffic proceeding Manhattan bound/westbound resumes overnight starting the night of December 10th and will occur Sunday night through Friday morning between 11 pm and 6 am, and 12:01 am to 7 am Saturday, and 12:01 am to 9 am Sunday. The northbound FDR exit to the Brooklyn Bridge is closed starting 1 hour before closure hours noted below. Motorists should use the prior South Street exit. The Brooklyn Queens Expressway eastbound exit to the Brooklyn Bridge is closed starting as early as 30 minutes before closure hours noted below. Motorists should proceed to the following Manhattan Bridge exit or use the prior Brooklyn Battery Tunnel cars only (pay toll) exit for access to Manhattan. All work will occur overnight during off peak hours, when Manhattan-bound motorists will be detoured to the nearby Manhattan Bridge, or may choose other crossings. On Sunday morning December 16 from 9 am to noon, the eastbound Brooklyn Bridge exit to Tillary Street will be closed. Motorists should use the Cadman Plaza West exit and follow posted detour. On gridlock alert days closures will not occur until midnight. Learn more about the Brooklyn Bridge Rehabilitation
Chambers Street Reconstruction
The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is performing work on Chambers Street in order to install new water mains and upgrade other utilities. To safely accommodate the work, parts of Chambers Street between Broadway and West Street will become one-way, open to only westbound traffic. During Phase I, scheduled to end in late 2011, work will be performed between West Broadway and West Street. Phase II, scheduled to run from late 2011 through summer 2012, will include work between Broadway and West Broadway. Two-way traffic will be maintained on blocks not under construction. Download an informational booklet on the Chambers Street reconstruction(pdf)
Closure of the 149th Street Bridge over the LIRR
Beginning on May 10, 2010, DOT will rehabilitate the 149th Street Bridge over the Long Island Rail Road, between Roosevelt Avenue and 41st Avenue in Queens. The roadway, sidewalks, and parapet will be completely rebuilt and replaced. The work is expected to be completed by the end of November, 2011. Please use the 147th Street or 149th Place bridges as alternate routes.
Lane Closures on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
On or about April 29, 2010, DOT will begin work on the on the Summit Street Pedestrian Bridge over the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. The existing protective coating will be cleaned and removed through abrasive blasting techniques. A new, epoxy-zinc protective coating system will be applied to all steel superstructures. In order to mobilize equipment at the work site, during the work the contractor will close two lanes on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway between Kane Street and Hamilton Avenue for work under the Summit Street Pedestrian Bridge. These lane closures will occur:
- Tuesday to Friday: 1:00 am to 5:00 am
- Saturdays: 1:00 am to 6:00 am
- Sunday: 2:00 am to 7:00 am
Concrete barriers, advanced warning signs and pavement markings will be installed to maintain the safe flow of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the vicinity of the work area. The contractor may also close one traffic lane to permit the installation of paint containment units while maintaining the remaining lanes of traffic at all times. To limit construction noise all construction activity will be undertaken in accordance with the noise mitigation code.
Queensboro Bridge Manhattan-Bound HOV-2 Lane
An high occupancy vehicle lane is open on the Manhattan-bound South Upper Roadway of the Queensboro Bridge from 6 am to 9:30 am, Monday to Friday. The lane is open to cars containing two or more people and motorcycles. Drivers can reach the lane from Thomson Avenue or 21st Street at 43rd Avenue in Queens, it leads to East 58th Street/East 57th Street in Manhattan.
Manhattan Bridge HOV-2 Lane
Between 6 am and 10 am, Monday to Friday, cars with two or more people, buses, and motorcycles may use the left lane of the upper roadway inbound to Manhattan. Drivers can reach the lane from Exit 29A of the eastbound Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE), or from Flatbush Avenue Extension (follow signs). It can also be reached from Exit 29 of the BQE westbound, by turning right onto Gold Street or proceeding straight onto Flatbush Avenue. Download the access map (pdf)
In Manhattan, left turns from the upper roadway onto Canal Street at Chrystie Street are prohibited from 5 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday. Vehicles using the HOV lane will have access to Chrystie Street northbound and Canal Street eastbound.