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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 16, 2009

UPDATE TO SCHEDULE:
Thruway Authority to Continue Tappan Zee Bridge Deck Replacement Project

The New York State Thruway Authority announced an updated schedule for the deck replacement work on the Tappan Zee Bridge for the remainder of the week of September 14, 2009.

On Wednesday, September 16 through Friday, September 18, the contractor will begin the installation of the main span joints in the northbound lanes. 

All work is weather-dependent and subject to change.

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

Wednesday, September 16

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right northbound lanes, with an additional right northbound lane closing at 10 p.m., and another right northbound 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 lane northbound and two lanes southbound 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 northbound lanes of the main span. All lanes are expected to be open by 6 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, September 17

Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right northbound lanes, with an additional right northbound lane closing at 10 p.m., and another right northbound 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 lane northbound and two lanes southbound 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 northbound lanes of the main span. All lanes are expected to be open by 6 a.m. the following day.

During Wednesday and Thursday 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 6 a.m.

Friday, September 18

Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right northbound lanes, with an additional right northbound lane closing at 10 p.m., and another right northbound 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 lane northbound and two lanes southbound will be opened to traffic from 11 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. All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

Two southbound left lanes will also be closed from Interchange 10 to the west abutment from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. Friday night as part of this work.

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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