I'm also a fan of Maurice to Grand to the W'burg Bridge during the summer,.
I make a point of checking Google maps/traffic before I start my trip. That way I don't have to use the best available alternate route when I'm already on the road. I can pick better route before I hit the problems.
This Kosiusko construction has made our Thai trips to Queens problematic. Every 6 to 8 weeks we'd drive over on a Saturday afternoon, pick a place, have a bang up meal, and then hit a local Brooklyn bar for drinks. Thirty minutes over, thirty minutes back. Home by 7:00 with leftovers for when we got hungry later. (Yes, we're old.) It made for a nice change of pace.
Lately we've had to do crazy planning to figure out how to avoid that traffic.