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For Immediate Release: Friday, May 15, 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 May 18, 2009.

On Monday, May 18, through Friday, May 22, installation of new modular joints in the main span and the west deck truss will continue in the center lanes. 

All work is weather-dependent and subject to change.

Updates will be issued announcing any change in schedule. Lane closures during this operation:

Monday May 18 through Wednesday, May 20

Work will begin at 8 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.

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

Thursday, May 21

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.

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

Friday, May 22

Work will begin at 10 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left southbound lanes, with an additional left southbound lane closing at 12 midnight., until 8 a.m. from Interchange 10 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge.

These lane closures are for the installation of new deck joints in the center lanes main span and west deck truss. All lanes are expected to be open by 8 a.m. the following day.

During Monday through Friday nights’ operations, two left lanes in the northbound direction from Interchange 8 to milepost 13 will also be closed from 10 p.m. until 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.

Saturday, May 23

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 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 Fall, 2009.

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