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For Immediate Release:  Friday, December 4, 2009

Thruway Authority to Continue Tappan Zee Bridge Deck Replacement Project

The New York State Thruway Authority announced that deck replacement work on the Tappan Zee Bridge will continue for the remainder of this week and will continue during the week of December 7, 2009

The work is to be done in sequential order and the direction of the work may be adjusted due to delays and cancellation due to inclement weather.

All work is weather-dependent and subject to change.

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

Friday, December 4

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left southbound lane, with an additional left southbound lane closing at 10 p.m., and another left southbound lane closing at midnight, from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge.  Also, work will continue at 11 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left northbound lane, with an additional left northbound lane closing at midnight, from Interchange 11 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from midnight until 6 a.m.

These lane closures are for the installation of rubber seals in the modular joints in the main span and west deck truss. All lanes are expected to be open by 9 a.m. the following day.

During Friday nights’ operations, due to the northbound lane closures, the entrance ramp from Broadway (southbound) in Tarrytown will also be closed from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.  All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

Saturday, December 5

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left southbound lane, with an additional left southbound lane closing at 9 p.m., and another left southbound lane closing at 1 a.m., from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge.  Also, work will continue at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left northbound lane, with an additional left northbound lane closing at midnight, from Interchange 11 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from 1 a.m. until 7 a.m.

These lane closures are for the installation of rubber seals in the modular joints in the main span and west deck truss. All lanes are expected to be open by 9 a.m. the following day.

During Saturday nights’ operations, due to the northbound lane closures, the entrance ramp from Broadway (southbound) in Tarrytown will also be closed from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.  All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

Sunday, December 6

No work scheduled.

Monday, December 7 through Wednesday, December 9

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left southbound lanes and an additional left southbound lane closing at 11 p.m., from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge.  Also, work will continue at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left northbound lane, with an additional left northbound lane closing at 11 p.m., from Interchange 11 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m.

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

During Monday through Wednesday nights’ operations, due to the northbound lane closures, the entrance ramp from Broadway (southbound) in Tarrytown will also be closed from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.  All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119

Thursday, December 10

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left southbound lanes and an additional left southbound lane closing at 11 p.m., from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge.  Also, work will continue at 10 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left northbound lane, with an additional left northbound lane closing at midnight, from Interchange 11 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from midnight until 5 a.m.

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

During Thursday nights’ 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

Friday, December 11

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left southbound lane, with an additional left southbound lane closing at 10 p.m., and another left southbound lane closing at midnight, from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge.  Also, work will continue at 11 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left northbound lane, with an additional left northbound lane closing at midnight, from Interchange 11 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from midnight until 6 a.m.

These lane closures are for the installation of rubber seals in the modular joints in the main span and west deck truss. All lanes are expected to be open by 9 a.m. the following day.

During Friday nights’ operations, due to the northbound lane closures, the entrance ramp from Broadway (southbound) in Tarrytown will also be closed from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.  All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

Saturday, December 12

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left southbound lane, with an additional left southbound lane closing at 9 p.m., and another left southbound lane closing at 1 a.m., from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge.  Also, work will continue at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left northbound lane, with an additional left northbound lane closing at midnight, from Interchange 11 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from 1a.m. until 7 a.m.

These lane closures are for the installation of rubber seals in the modular joints in the main span and west deck truss. All lanes are expected to be open by 9 a.m. the following day.

During Saturday nights’ operations, due to the northbound lane closures, the entrance ramp from Broadway (southbound) in Tarrytown will also be closed from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.  All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

Sunday, December13

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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