Feb. 20, 2020 By Christian Murray
The New York State Department of Transportation will be closing both the Exit 13S ramp from eastbound Grand Central Parkway to southbound Van Wyck Expressway and the Exit 13W ramp from eastbound Grand Central Parkway to westbound Jackie Robinson Parkway, on or about Saturday morning, Feb. 22 from midnight through approximately 7 a.m.
The DOT said motorists wanting to access the southbound Van Wyck Expressway will be required to continue on the eastbound Grand Central Parkway to a right-side, temporary on-ramp approximately 1,000 feet east of Exit 13W.
Motorists wanting to access westbound Jackie Robinson Parkway from eastbound Grand Central Parkway will be directed by variable message signs to use the following detour:
- Take the Exit 11 ramp (Jewel Avenue/69th Road) and proceed for ½ mile; Turn left onto Jewel Avenue;
- Take the right-side ramp onto the southbound Van Wyck Expressway (I-678); and Take Exit 7 (Jackie Robinson Parkway West).
The closures are needed to facilitate the partial removal of the former westbound Union Turnpike bridge over Grand Central Parkway, as part of NYSDOT’s $365 million Kew Gardens Interchange Phase 4 project.
Inclement weather could cause the change in traffic pattern to be rescheduled.
For real-time travel information, motorists should check New York State’s official traffic and travel information source, 511NY, before traveling.