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For Immediate Release:  February 26, 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 March 1, 2010. 

The work is being completed 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:

Monday, March 1 through Wednesday, March 3
Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right northbound lanes until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge.  At least two northbound lanes and three southbound lanes will be open to traffic from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.

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, March 4 and Friday, March 5
Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes until 6 a.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 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.

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, March 6 and Sunday, March 7
No work is scheduled.

These lane closures are to complete the installation of new steel barrier, the installation of joints in the causeway, installation of the rubber seal caps in the joints in the causeway, 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.

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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