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For Immediate Release: August 7, 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 August 10, 2009

On Monday August 10, the contractor will continue the installation of the joints on the southbound roadway.

On Tuesday, August 11 through Thursday, August 13, the installation of new modular joints in the main span will continue in the southbound lanes. 

On Friday, August 14, the Authority's contractor will be completing the installation of concrete deck panels on the main span and west deck truss of the northbound roadway.

All work is weather-dependent and subject to change.

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

Monday, August 10

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., and another right southbound lane closing at 11 p.m., until 6 a.m. from Interchange 10 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one southbound lane and two northbound lanes will be opened to traffic from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

These lane closures are for the installation of the signs on the truss at the main span. All lanes are expected to be open by 6 a.m. the following day.

Tuesday, August 11 through Wednesday, August 12

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., and another right southbound lane closing at 11 p.m., until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one southbound lane and two northbound lanes will be opened to traffic   from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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

During Monday through Wednesday nights’ operations, due to the southbound lane closures, 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.

In addition, two left lanes in the northbound direction from Interchange 8 to milepost 13 will 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.

Thursday, August 13

Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes, with an additional right southbound lane closing at 10 p.m., and another right southbound lane closing at 11 p.m., until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one southbound lane and two northbound lanes will be opened to traffic   from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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

During Thursday night’s operations, due to the southbound lane closures, 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.

In addition, two left lanes in the northbound direction from Interchange 8 to milepost 13 will 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.

Friday, August 14

Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right northbound lanes, with an additional right northbound lane closing at 9:30 p.m., and another right northbound lane closing at 11:30 p.m., until 8 a.m. from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one northbound lane and two southbound lanes will be opened to traffic   from 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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

During Friday night's operations, 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.

Two southbound left lanes will be closed from Interchange 10 to the west abutment from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m.

Saturday, August 15

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 in the Fall of 2009.

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