Sunday, Jan. 13-Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING IS IN EFFECT ALL WEEK
Good news for Bronx drivers! The RFK Bridge’s exit ramp to the Major Deegan Expressway will fully reopen Monday, after four months with only one lane open. Officials hope to have it reopened by the afternoon rush hour. Follow @GridlockSam on Twitter to find out the exact time.
Monday, the Nets and Celtics play at 7:30 p.m. at Barclays Center, and a few blocks away, comedian Jim Gaffigan leads a sold-out benefit 7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Lafayette Ave., near Flatbush Ave. Atlantic Ave. and Flatbush, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges will all be even more sluggish for the evening rush hour.
Barclays Center also has 7 p.m. Islander games Sunday and Tuesday, Panic! at the Disco at 7 p.m. Wednesday and A$AP rappers 8 p.m. Thursday.
One lane of the Manhattan Bridge’s Manhattan-bound lower roadway is closed through Jan. 20. The Brooklyn Bridge will be your best-bet middays during the week to Manhattan, since the Williamsburg Bridge will have single-lane closures on the outer roadways in both directions, Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Knicks play the 76ers at 1 p.m. Sunday at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers have 7 p.m. games Tuesday and Thursday.
Two women’s marches are planned for Saturday morning, one down Central Park West and Sixth Ave., the other at Foley Square near the Brooklyn Bridge. Check Friday’s paper for details.
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Dear Gridlock Sam,
I am a retired dispatcher and I’ve seen many oversized vehicles lose their loads and get into accidents. Steel beams should be installed to stop them from going onto bridges, under overpasses, and into tunnels to avoid congestion and serious injuries. What do you think?
A steel beam would certainly stop the oversized vehicle in its tracks but could create a hazard unto itself should it collapse onto the roadway. Immovable objects are frowned upon by safety engineers who prefer, for good reason, breakaway structures if they have the potential to be struck by vehicles. Overhead chains have been successful in many locations; trucks strike them and get a clear warning. Maybe more are needed. I will pass your concern onto the DOT.