For immediate release: March 14, 2013
Contact: Dan Weiller, (518) 471-5300
TRAFFIC SHIFT TO OCCUR ON THRUWAY AS FINAL PHASE OF PROJECT TO ADD THIRD TRAVEL LANE BETWEEN EXITS 23 AND 24 BEGINS
Traffic pattern to change tonight
Motorists traveling on I-87 near Albany will encounter altered traffic patterns between exits 23 and 24 beginning on Thursday, March 14, the Thruway Authority announced today.
Northbound traffic will be diverted across the median and continue north on the newly-constructed southbound roadway. Two lanes will remain open in both directions throughout this last phase of the project, with traffic separated by concrete barriers.
This lane shift marks the start of construction on the final phase of the three-year, $99.7 million construction project to add an additional travel lane in each direction between exits 23 and 24—currently the largest construction project in the Capital District.
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.