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For Immediate Release:  Friday, December 18, 2009

Thruway Authority to Continue Tappan Zee Bridge Deck Replacement Project

The New York State Thruway Authority announced a change in the Tappan Zee Bridge Deck Replacement schedule for Saturday, December 19, 2009. Additionally, motorists are advised the deck replacement work will continue during the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 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:

Saturday, December 19

No work scheduled.

Monday, December 21 through Wednesday, December 23

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least two lanes southbound and three lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m.

These lane closures are for the installation of rubber seals caps in the modular joints and the cleaning of the shields for removal 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 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.

Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, December 27

No work scheduled during holiday period.

Monday, December 28 through Wednesday, December 30

Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right northbound lanes from Interchange 11 to the east deck truss on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least three lanes southbound and two lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.

These lane closures are for the installation of rubber seal caps in the modular joints and the cleaning of the shields for removal 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 31 through Sunday, January 3

No work scheduled during holiday period.

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 Winter 2009/early 2010.

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