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For Immediate Release: April 24, 2007

MEDIA BRIEFING

THRUWAY AUTHORITY TO LAUNCH DECK REPLACEMENT PROJECT: MEDIA BRIEFING SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 25 and 26, 2007

The New York State Thruway Authority will host a media briefing at 4:30 p.m. on April 25, 2007 at the Tarrytown Village Hall, and at 4:30 p.m. on April 26, 2007 at the Palisades Mall Raso Community Room.

This Spring, the New York State Thruway Authority will begin a project to replace 40 percent of the deck of the Tappan Zee Bridge to improve service and ensure the safety of its customers.   Work is expected to be completed by the Fall of 2008.

This important project is part of an ongoing strategic response to maintenance issues related to an overused bridge. In addition to improving service and ensuring the safety of motorists, the project will also improve mobility and reliability by reducing unscheduled repair-related traffic delays on the bridge.  

The Thruway Authority has implemented a number of measures to reduce the impact on motorists and to preserve traffic flow.  Much of the work will be completed during overnight shifts, and day work will be limited to single-lane closures. The Authority will also implement construction innovations to shorten the project duration, including the manufacture of redecking materials off-site with delivery just in time for installation.

In addition to the media briefing, the Authority has scheduled a series of public information meetings to explain the redecking project process and to describe the communication plan designed to minimize impacts on traffic flow and to keep the public updated throughout the project. 

Meetings will be held in Rockland and Westchester counties, where the public will have the opportunity to meet project experts, view displays of the process and schedule and ask questions about the project. 

  • Wednesday, April 25, Tarrytown Village Hall, 5 pm —7:30 pm
    21 Wildey St., Tarrytown

    DIRECTIONS: From I-287 eastbound from the Tappan Zee Bridge, take the first exit to Route 9, make a right turn onto Route 9 heading northbound.  At the sixth traffic light you will see a C-Town Supermarket on the right, on the left is Wildey Street; take left onto Wildey Street, down the hill.  Village Hall is the first building on the right with a parking lot out front.

    From I-287 westbound, take the last exit before the Tappan Zee Bridge toll plaza, take a left onto Route 119W, and take a right onto Route 9.  From Route 9 go through four traffic lights.  Make a left turn onto Wildey Street and proceed down the hill.  Village Hall is the first building on the right with a parking lot out front.

    Additional parking is available in the Library parking lot, just two blocks away.

    For transit information:
    MTA Metro-North at www.mta.info or 1-800-METRO-INFO
    Beeline Bus at beelinebus.westchestergov.com or (914) 813-7777

  • Thursday, April 26, Palisades Mall Raso Community Room, 5 pm—7:30 pm
    1000 Palisades Center, West Nyack

    DIRECTIONS: From New Jersey: Garden State Parkway North to NYS Thruway (87 South/287 East) to Exit 12 of the NYS Thruway – “West Nyack – Palisades Center.” Or: Palisades Interstate Parkway North to Exit 9E (87 South/ 287 East) to Exit 12 of the NYS Thruway – “West Nyack – Palisades Center.”

    From Westchester: Tappan Zee Bridge West (87 North/287 West) to Exit 12 of the NYS Thruway – “West Nyack – Palisades Center.” From New York City: George Washington Bridge to the Palisades Interstate Parkway North to Exit 9E to the NYS Thruway (87 South/287 East) to Exit 12 – “West Nyack – Palisades Center.”

    From Upstate New York: NYS Thruway South to Exit 12 – “West Nyack – Palisades Center.”

    From Putnam County: Bear Mountain Bridge to the traffic circle, pick up Palisades Interstate Parkway South to NYS Thruway South to Exit 12 – West Nyack – Palisades Center.

    To Palisades Center Community Rooms: Enter Palisades Center at mall entrance between Lord & Taylor and Filene’s. Take elevator to 4th floor and follow signs for Skating Rink/Community Rooms.

    For transit information:
    Tappan ZEExpress Bus Service at www.co.rockland.ny.us or (845) 364-3333.

If you are interesting in attending the briefing, please contact Scott Giering at 917-339-0488. 

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