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Road Closures and Subway Changes Abound This Weekend

By Ben Fractenberg | November 11, 2011 7:35pm
The Brooklyn Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge.
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MANHATTAN — It's going to be a mess on the roads and rails this weekend with a series of construction-, filming- and festival-related closures around the borough.

The ramp from the southbound FDR Drive onto the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed this weekend from 11 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday for roadway reconstruction.

Brooklyn-bound drivers can get off at the Manhattan Civic Center/Pace University off-ramp (Exit 2), turn left at Pearl Street and then right to access the ramp onto the Brooklyn Bridge.

Motorists can also continue to Exit 1, make U-turn at the Whitehall/Staten Island Ferry terminal, get back on the north-bound FDR and get off at Exit 2 for the bridge.

For Manhattan-bound traffic, the Pearl Street off-ramp will be closed. Drivers can exit the bridge at Centre Street to continue uptown. Those trying to get downtown can get off at Park Row South.

One tube of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel will be cosed throughout the weekend for electrical work, beginning at 11 p.m. Friday. The other tube will facilitate two-way traffic, according to the NYPD.

And the upper level of the 59th Street Bridge will be closed on Saturday and Sunday from 1 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the filming of a movie, reportedly "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises."

But the traffic woes extend further uptown.

Lexington Avenue between 42nd and 57th streets will be closed to traffic Saturday Saturday for the Dag Hammarskjold Festival and Third Avenue between 23rd and 34th streets will be closed Sunday for a street fair.

For subway riders, there will be no 7 trains between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square from late Friday through early Monday morning.

There will also be no 2/3 service between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

For service into Brooklyn, straphangers can make a free out-of-system transfer at Bowling Green or South Ferry to the 4/5 train.