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NewsChannel 4 Takes The Commuter Challenge!

POSTED: 1:18 p.m. EST February 4, 2003
UPDATED: 2:21 p.m. EST February 6, 2003

George Washington Bridge

George Washington Bridge tie-up have you tied down? Here's a short cut that could cut some of the traffic.

NewsChannel 4 asked the man who wrote the book on shortcuts, Sam Schwartz, (a.k.a. "Gridlock Sam") to find out how to avoid the traffic.

"There are days when Route 80 really locks up," he said. "So I recommend you get off at Route 46 to East Brinkerhoff Avenue. Take East Brinkerhoff Avenue, and then you'll hook a right and go to the George Washington Bridge."



Schwartz used to drive a cab, and then became the city's traffic commissioner.

And if you're crossing the bridge, and then want to get onto the West Side Highway, there's also a way to short cut this.

First, move to the left lane of the West Side Highway, and then get on the east side of the island, and take any avenue exit. NewsChannel 4 tries this short cut onto 111th Street, then make a left onto St. Nicholas Ave. Follow St. Nicholas Ave. until you make a left at 165th Street, and then right on Riverside Drive, and there's the bridge entrance.

From the West Side, Central Park West becomes Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Continue until you get to St. Nicholas Ave. at 121st Street. Then, continue to 165th Street, and make a left, then right at Riverside Drive, and there's the bridge.

This way, you will by pass the mess of everybody on 10th, and 11th Avenues, as well as what's usually on the West Side Highway to get up there.

Lincoln Tunnel

Pick a day -- any day -- and you'll see bumper-to-bumper traffic on the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel.

The traffic was so heavy in 2001 that the Port Authority added an extra bus and car pool lane in the morning to try to alleviate it. But still it's tough.

So what can you do?

Here's a tip: Take the Weehawken/Hoboken exit, and you'll be able to circle around, and you'll get right into the Lincoln Tunnel.

The exit puts you onto South Marginal Highway. Stay to the right, and it puts you onto John F. Kennedy Boulevard. You'll then pass tollbooths to the tunnel on your right, and just a little bit farther, you'll hit the Lincoln Tunnel toll plaza.

So what about going home? Here's something to try: Bear right out of the Lincoln Tunnel, and exit the tunnel at the Willow Avenue/Weehawken/Hoboken exit. Then, follow Willow Avenue over a bridge, and into Hoboken.

The road goes through a residential neighborhood, so be courteous, and let the pedestrians cross. At the end of Willow Ave., make a right onto Observer Highway, which then turns into Newark Ave. Follow Newark Ave. under the railroad bridges, and it veers left and becomes Jersey Avenue.

Stay in the right lane, and in a few blocks, you'll make a right turn onto the Turnpike entrance, joining the outbound Holland Tunnel Traffic.

Long Island

No matter which way you go on the Long Island Expressway, you're not going to get anywhere fast.

So when you're trapped on the LIE, and you want to get over to the Southern State Parkway, we've got a shortcut -- but it's a little complicated.

First, take exit 27 for 295, the Clearview Expressway. Bear left, and take the Clearview South towards Hillside Avenue. But when you merge with the expressway stay far right, because you'll take the first exit off the Clearview at 73rd Avenue.

At the stop light at the end of the ramp, make a left onto 73rd Avenue, go under the highway and make your first right onto Hollis Hills Terrace. As you drive, Hollis Hills Terrace changes its name to 86th Avenue, and then make a right onto Bell Boulevard. Bell Boulevard winds through a residential neighborhood and becomes Spencer Avenue.

Take Spencer Ave. to the first traffic light and then bare a soft right through the intersection onto Braddock Avenue.

Hang a right on 242nd. Street, and you're going to go two blocks and at the end, there are the south bound and north bound entrances to the Cross Island Parkway.

Take the Cross Island Parkway south to the Southern State.

Gowanus/Belt/BQE Workarounds

Arguably the most difficult expressway in the city is the Gowanus.

"It's a mess, it's got be fixed," said former city traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz. "Most people try to beat the Gowanus by taking Third of Fourth Avenue."

So what should you do if you're getting off the Verrazano Bridge and you know it's jammed? Chances are, Third or Fourth Avenue may be jammed too.

Get off at Fort Hamilton Parkway, which may be jammed too, but don't worry. At the top of the ramp the traffic will bear right, but you'll go straight onto a service road. Stay on the service road, and veer right onto Eighth Avenue.

There's, you'll pass Brooklyn's Chinatown. Continue on Eighth Avenue until you hit 39th Street. Make a right on 39th Street, then hang a right onto Fifth Avenue 3 blocks later.

Then, from 15th Street you'll be able to see the jammed Gowanus above you -- and won't you feel smart. 15th Street runs into Hamilton Avenue, underneath the Gowanus. At the end on the left is the entrance to the Battery Tunnel underneath the roadway, and on the right is the entrance to the eastbound Bronx-Queens Expressway.

Next, we will take a look at the Gowanus for a Monday morning through industry city.

So what do you do when you're on the Belt heading into the mess?

Get off at Exit 1, at 65-67th Streets. As you stay to the right, and go onto the service road, you'll head to a light. Make a right at that light onto Ridge Boulevard. Ridge then becomes Second avenue. Continue gingerly on Second Avenue to 32nd Street, as you'll see a lot of potholes and old trolley tracks.

Make a right onto 32nd Street, then hang a left onto Third Avenue. At 17th Street, bear left onto Hamilton Avenue, which will take you the rest of the way. At the end on the left is the entrance to the Battery Tunnel, and on the right is the entrance to the eastbound BQE.

Staten Island

The Verrazano Narrows Bridge looks beautiful, but getting to it can be difficult.

In fact, wherever you drive, there's traffic congestion, and it's becoming a growing problem.

But how can the traffic be a growing problem with the same number of people commuting to the city as in 1948?

"In 1948, two-thirds of the people arrived underground by subway," said Sam Schwartz, former city traffic commissioner. "Today it's less than half. In1948, we had 18 percent arriving by car. Today, we have a third arriving by car. It's not the number of people, it's the way people arrive."

Fortunately, there's a short cut from the Outerbridge Crossing to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

You could take the West Shore Expressway, but the West Shore Expressway is only two lanes, and if there's an accident you're dead.

Instead, stay to the left on the bridge and jump onto the Richmond Parkway. Take that to the last exit, Richmond Avenue North. t the second light, go left onto Richmond Avenue. Make a right at Victory Boulevard, and follow the signs to the Staten Island Expressway, Verrazano Narrows Bridge. One more right onto South Gannon Avenue, and then a left onto the expressway.

Westchester

The Major Deegan Expressway looked nice at mid-morning, but it rarely does at rush hour.

So if you're tired of being tied up try this:

Get off at the Van Cortlant Park South exit. Make a right at the light at Van Cortlandt Park South. Drive several blocks, and make a left onto Broadway.

If you missed this trick, simply take the next exit off the Deegan at West 230th Street. Again, make a right at the top of the ramp onto West 230th Street.

In a short distance, make a left onto Broadway. Take Broadway across the Broadway Bridge into Manhattan.

At Dyckman Street, you have a choice: For the east side, make a left onto Dyckman Street in several blocks it will turn into the Harlem River Drive.

For the West Side, make a soft right onto Riverside Drive. In a short distance, you'll jump onto the Henry Hudson Parkway.

If you're stuck on the Henry Hudson Parkway, you can do almost the same thing: Take the Broadway exit off the parkway and follow the signs to Broadway south. Make a left onto Broadway, and again follow it into Manhattan. You'll start to see the elevated subway begins farther south.

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And if you're crossing the bridge, and then want to get onto the West Side Highway, there's also a way to short cut this.

First, move to the left lane of the West Side Highway, and then get on the east side of the island, and take any avenue exit. NewsChannel 4 tries this short cut onto 111th Street, then make a left onto St. Nicholas Ave. Follow St. Nicholas Ave. until you make a left at 165th Street, and then right on Riverside Drive, and there's the bridge entrance.

From the West Side, Central Park West becomes Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Continue until you get to St. Nicholas Ave. at 121st Street. Then, continue to 165th Street, and make a left, then right at Riverside Drive, and there's the bridge.
Thanks for the tip but I totally don't get what he's trying to say in these paragraphs.

In the first paragraph he indicates that he's giving a shortcut to the westside highway, but the instructions leave you at the entrance to the bridge.


and then here:

Continue until you get to St. Nicholas Ave. at 121st Street. Then, continue to 165th Street, and make a left, then right at Riverside Drive, and there's the bridge.
I'm sure this doesn't make sense because I don't know the area too well but why even mention 121st and St. Nicholas if you're just going to say keep going on it till 165th st?
 
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mrdeucie said:
Thanks for the tip but I totally don't get what he's trying to say in these paragraphs.

In the first paragraph he indicates that he's giving a shortcut to the westside highway, but the instructions leave you at the entrance to the bridge.


and then here:



I'm sure this doesn't make sense because I don't know the area too well but why even mention 121st and St. Nicholas if you're just going to say keep going on it till 165th st?
it leads to the bridge. when i saw the clip, it clearly has signs of where the bridge is. you might still be able to watch news clips of this in the site.
 

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ScoobyDooBD00 said:
it leads to the bridge. when i saw the clip, it clearly has signs of where the bridge is. you might still be able to watch news clips of this in the site.
Then why does he say:

And if you're crossing the bridge, and then want to get onto the West Side Highway, there's also a way to short cut this.
 
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mrdeucie said:
Then why does he say:
i think he meant that you just take the same way but the opposite direction. these directions goes through the middle of manhattan. the traffic part in the west side highway is leading up to the bridge. these directions would take you around that.
 

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ScoobyDooBD00 said:
i think he meant that you just take the same way but the opposite direction. these directions goes through the middle of manhattan. the traffic part in the west side highway is leading up to the bridge. these directions would take you around that.
Thanks for explaining that. I still think that he explained it a little awkwardly though.
 
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