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For Immediate Release:  Thursday, January 7, 2010

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 during the week of January 11, 2010. 

The work is to be done in sequential order and the direction of the work may be adjusted due to traffic and weather conditions.  All work is weather-dependent and subject to change.

Lane closures during next week’s operations:

Monday, January 11 through Wednesday, January 13

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right northbound lanes, with 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 open to traffic from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.

These lane closures are needed to complete the installation of new steel barrier and to clean and remove the shield at 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 night’s 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.

Two southbound left lanes will be closed from Interchange 10 to the west abutment from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Thursday, January 14
 
Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right northbound lane, with an additional right northbound lane closing at 10 p.m., and another right northbound lane closing at midnight, 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 open to traffic from midnight until 6 a.m.

These lane closures are needed to complete the installation of new steel barrier and to clean and remove the shield at the main span and west deck truss. All lanes are expected to be open by 6 a.m. the following day.

During Thursday night’s 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.

Two southbound left lanes will be closed from Interchange 10 to the west abutment from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Friday, January 15

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

These lane closures are needed 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 9 a.m. the following day.

During Friday 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.

Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17

No work is 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 Winter 2010.

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