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For Immediate Release:  Friday, February 19, 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 tonight, Friday, February 19, and during the week of February 22, 2010

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, February 19 (revised)

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right northbound lane, with a second lane closed at 10 p.m. and a third right closed at 12 midnight until 7 a.m. from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least two lanes southbound and one lane northbound will be open to traffic from 12 midnight until 8 a.m. on Saturday.  Stoppages in the northbound direction from 11 p.m. till 6 a.m. may be required for this operation.

During Friday 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 8 a.m. All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21

No work is scheduled.

Monday, February 22 through Wednesday, February 24

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right northbound lanes, until 6 a.m. the following morning from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge.  At least two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound will be open to traffic from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.

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.

Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes until 6 a.m. the following morning 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 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.

All lanes are expected to be open by 6 a.m. the following day.

During Thursday and 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, February 27 and Sunday, February 28

No work is scheduled.

The nightly lane closures are to complete the installation of new steel barrier, complete the installation of joints in the west deck truss and the main span, to remove the shields in the causeway, to place a concrete barrier base at the Nyack Abutment, for the installation of rubber seal caps in the joints, and to clean and remove the shield at the main span and west deck truss.

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 Variable 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 Winter of 2010.

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