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For Immediate Release: 7/21/2016
Contact: Jennifer Givner | jennifer.givner@thruway.ny.gov | (518) 471-5300

SOUTHBOUND TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE TRAFFIC REDUCED TO ONE LANE FOR EXPEDITED REPAIRS AFTER CRANE ACCIDENT

Work Scheduled to Begin Tonight, July 21 at 8 p.m. and be Completed by 5 a.m. -- in Time for Morning Commute Tomorrow, July 22

Delays Expected on Southbound I-87/ Eastbound I-287; Drivers Advised to Seek Alternate Routes

Three Northbound Lanes Will Remain Open Throughout the Repair Work

The Thruway Authority today announced that phase one of the deck repair operations on the Tappan Zee Bridge (I-87/I-287) will require the southbound Tappan Zee Bridge to be reduced to one lane beginning tonight, July 21. Three northbound lanes will remain open to traffic during the work. This repair operation is part of the Thruway Authority’s rapid response to the damage caused by the crane collapse earlier this week. At the Governor’s direction, these expedited overnight repairs will minimize impacts to motorists during peak travel periods. 

Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, southbound traffic at exit 11 (Nyack - South Nyack - US Route 9W) will be reduced to one lane until the completion of the work at approximately 5 a.m. tomorrow morning. At least one southbound lane will remain open at all times during the operation, with the exception of an approximately 20-minute period expected to begin at 9:30 p.m. During that time, State Police will stop and hold all traffic approaching the bridge beginning from exit 10 (Nyack - South Nyack - US Route 9W). 

Three northbound lanes will remain open through the entire operation. Following the completion of the overnight repair work, traffic will resume on three northbound and three southbound lanes of the bridge in time for the Friday morning commute. Phase two of the work to repair the far right lane will be announced in the coming days.

Motorists traveling southbound on the New York State Thruway in the vicinity of the Tappan Zee Bridge during the closure times should expect delays and are advised to seek alternate routes.

Variable Message Signs (VMS) across the region and Highway Advisory Radio 530 AM will update travelers on the closures and anticipated delays.

The Thruway Authority appreciates motorists’ patience during this repair work.

All lane closures are subject to change due to traffic, weather or emergency situations. Please visit http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/map/ for real-time information regarding traffic conditions.

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