For immediate release: March 4, 2013
Contact: Dan Weiller, (518) 471-5300
THRUWAY AUTHORITY TO BEGIN FINAL PHASE
OF PROJECT TO ADD THIRD TRAVEL LANE BETWEEN EXITS 23 AND 24
Traffic pattern to change on March 12
The final phase of the three-year, $99.7 million construction project to add an additional travel lane in each direction between Thruway exits 23 and 24—currently the largest construction project in the Capital District—is scheduled to begin this month, the Thruway Authority announced today.
Effective March 12, northbound traffic will be diverted across the median near exit 23 to continue north on the newly-constructed southbound roadway. Two lanes will remain open in both directions, throughout this last phase of the project. Northbound and southbound traffic will be separated by concrete barriers, which will begin to be put in place by construction crews on March 4. These dates are subject to change in the case of inclement weather.
Work to be done this year on the northbound side includes the addition of a third travel lane, the installation of new pavement, addition of a variable message sign, and noise barriers, as well as the completion of drainage work and the painting of three overhead bridges.
When construction ended for the season in November 2012, the new southbound roadway was laid out with two lanes already configured as needed for this final phase of the project. By configuring the southbound lanes last fall in preparation for this year, the Thruway Authority is saving approximately $70,000 in construction-related costs. Eliminating the need to relocate overhead signs for the final construction phase will generate additional savings.
Work on the $99.7 million project began in March 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2013. The general contractor is Rifenburg Construction Inc. of Troy, N.Y.