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For Immediate Release: April 3, 2009

Thruway Authority to Continue Tappan Zee Bridge Deck Replacement Project

The New York State Thruway Authority announced deck replacement work on the Tappan Zee Bridge will continue the week of April 6, 2009.

This stage of the work includes the preparation of the deck surface for the installation of new modular joints in the main span and the west deck truss.

Prep work for the installation of new deck joints is weather-dependent and subject to change. Updates will be issued announcing any change in schedule. Lane closures during this operation:

Monday April 6 and Tuesday, April 7

  • Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes, with an additional right southbound lane closing at 10 p.m., until 6 a.m. from Interchange 10 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge.

During Monday and Tuesday nights’ operations, the southbound entrance at Interchange 10 will be closed and southbound traffic will be detoured on a posted detour route through Nyack to the entrance to the southbound roadway at Route 59 near Interchange 11.

Two left lanes in the northbound direction from Interchange 8 to milepost 13 will also be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. as part of this work.

Due to the northbound lane closures, the entrance ramp from Broadway (southbound) in Tarrytown will also be closed from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

These lane closures are for the prep work for the installation of new deck joints on the southbound main span and southbound west deck truss. All lanes are expected to be open by 6 a.m. the following day.

Wednesday, April 8

  • Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left southbound lanes, with an additional left southbound lane closing at 10 p.m., until 6 a.m. from Interchange 10 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Thursday, April 9

  • Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left southbound lanes, with an additional left southbound lane closing at 12 midnight, until 6 a.m. from Interchange 10 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Friday, April 10

  • Work will begin at 10 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left southbound lanes, with an additional left southbound lane closing at 11 p.m., until 6 a.m. from Interchange 10 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge.

During Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights’ operations, two left lanes in the northbound direction from Interchange 8 to milepost 13 will also be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. as part of this work.

Due to the northbound lane closures, the entrance ramp from Broadway (southbound) in Tarrytown will also be closed from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

These lane closures are for the prep work for the installation of new deck joints on the southbound main span and southbound west deck truss. All lanes are expected to be open by 6 a.m. the following day.

Saturday, April 11

  • No work scheduled.

For the safety of the public and construction workers, motorists are urged to proceed with caution and obey posted work-zone speed limits. Work will proceed weather-permitting, and schedule updates will be announced as needed.

Traffic updates will be broadcast to motorists via Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) along the highway and by Highway Advisory Radio, 530 AM in the Tappan Zee Bridge corridor, as well as 1610 AM in the Newburgh area.

Weather permitting, the deck replacement project is slated for completion by late August 2009.

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