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For Immediate Release: October 25, 2005

THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE REDECKING PROJECT WEBSITE
Project Website Aimed at Informing the Public About Upcoming Significant Repairs

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced that a new project website, aimed at informing the traveling public about the upcoming Tappan Zee Bridge Deck Replacement Project, is now available online at www.thruway.ny.gov/projectsandstudies/projects/tzbdeck/index.html.

"This summer, the Authority will begin replacing a significant portion of the deck of the Tappan Zee Bridge to improve service and ensure the safety of the thousands of motorists who use the bridge daily," said Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer. “This website is one part of the public information program launched by the Authority to keep the public informed on the progress of the project.

This project is part of the Authority’s commitment to fulfill its responsibility to maintain and operate the bridge by continuing to make the necessary investments to assure safe and efficient travel for the thousands of motorists that cross the bridge daily.

The project website offers information about the history of the bridge, project schedules and highlights, innovations to reduce construction time and impacts, frequently asked questions (FAQs), ways to contact the Authority with questions and/or concerns, and other useful information.

Information about the project will also be broadcast to motorists via electronic variable message signs (VMS) and by highway advisory radio (HAR), 530 AM in the Tappan Zee Corridor and 1610 AM in the Newburgh area. Project updates will also be sent regularly to the media.

Work is expected to begin in the summer of 2006 and be completed by the fall of 2008.

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