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For Immediate Release: March 23, 2012

Traffic Patterns Shift on I-87 Near Albany
Crossover Lanes Between Exit 23-24

Motorists traveling on I-87 near Albany will encounter altered traffic patterns beginning Saturday, March 24, 2012, the New York State Thruway Authority announced.

All southbound traffic will be diverted to cross the median to continue south in the shared northbound pavement. Barriers will separate the lanes traveling in opposite directions.

The crossover will be between Exit 24 (I-87/Adirondack Northway, I-90) and Exit 23 (I-787). This reconstruction project includes the addition of a third lane in both directions. The project began in 2011 and is scheduled to continue through the fall of 2013.

Rifenburg Construction Inc. of Troy, N.Y., is the general contractor for the $99.7 million project.

In the seven-mile-long construction zone, motorists are directed to stay in their lanes. Troop T of the New York State Police will enforce the posted speed limit of 55 mph. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.

Updated information about lane closures is available by calling 1-800-847-8929.

Motorists will be informed about the project via electronic Dynamic Message Signs  along the highway and by Highway Advisory Radio broadcasts on 1610 AM.

The Thruway Authority offers a free TRANSalert service that alerts customers via email or text messaging about unscheduled incidents along the Thruway. For more information, please see http://www.thruway.ny.gov/tas/index.html .

For more information about the Exit 23-24 Corridor Project, please see http://www.thruway.ny.gov/projectsandstudies/projects/i23-i24/index.html .

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