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For immediate release: October 29, 2012
Contact: Dan Weiller (518) 436-2983

TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE UPDATE: SPEED LIMIT REDUCED TO 35 MPH,
EMPTY TRACTOR TRAILERS BANNED,
BRIDGE CLOSING POSSIBLE IF CONDITIONS WARRANT 

The speed limit on the Tappan Zee Bridge has already been reduced to 35 miles per hour, empty tractor trailers have been banned from the crossing and high winds may lead to closing of the bridge due to weather conditions related to Hurricane Sandy, the New York State Thruway Authority announced this morning.

“As always, our top priority is motorist safety, and if conditions warrant we may close the Tappan Zee Bridge to all traffic at any time,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison. “In any case, if sustained winds or gusts reach 60 mph the bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions.”

Madison noted that Tappan Zee and Thruway customers can stay informed by visiting the Thruway website, www.thruway.ny.gov or the state Department of Transportation traffic information site, www.511ny.org. Customers can also sign up for TRANSalert email updates at http://www.thruway.ny.gov/tas/index.shtml.

If the Tappan Zee Bridge is closed, southbound traffic on the New York State Thruway will be required to leave the roadway at or before exit 13, Palisades Interstate Parkway. Northbound traffic will be required to leave the roadway at exit 8, I-287 Cross Westchester Expressway.

Motorists will be advised regarding alternate routes. Variable message systems and highway advisory systems radio broadcasts will be activated to notify motorists, and blast email TRANSalerts will be sent to those who have signed up to receive them.

To receive TRANSalerts, emails that provide real-time information on Thruway traffic conditions, go to: http://www.thruway.ny.gov/tas/index.shtml.

To see a map of webcam views of the Thruway, go to:
http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/map/index.html?layer=cameras .

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