This Sunday has the potential to be a traffic nightmare for parents travelling to and from the Catskills to visit their kids as well as bungalow-colony people returning to the city after the weekend.
The reasons are threefold:
-All camps have visiting day this Sunday. Since last Sunday was a fast day, the possibility of different camps having different visiting days in July this year didn’t exist.
-The construction on the I-95 corridor’s Alexander Hamilton Bridge (detailed here http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/General+News/133207/Construction-to-Cause-Major-GWB-Delays-for-3-Months.html ) which can cause excessive delays returning to the city for those who use the George Washington Bridge.
-This is the last Shabbos before the nine days. Together with the usual crush returning Sunday evening, I imagine there will be extra people who wanted to come up before Rosh Chodesh Av.
Alternate route planning before you travel is an excellent idea – this thread has some suggestions: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/diffferent-driving-directions-to-the-mountains-then-the-regular
On a related note, if you plan on staying in a motel either motzei Shabbos or Sunday night you must call ahead and reserve – due to the popularity of this weekend several are already booked solid. Don’t assume you can stop in and a vacancy will be available.
Please post any other visiting day tips, suggestions and ideas here.
July 13, 2012 10:37 AM