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For Immediate Release:  March 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 29, 2010.

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

Overnight lane closures during this operation:

Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30
Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes, with the closure of another southbound right lane at 11 p.m. from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and three lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning.

Wednesday, March 31
Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes, with the closure of another southbound right lane at 11 p.m. from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and three lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning.

These lane closures will be necessary for the testing of the modular joints in the West Deck Truss and the Main Span, the removal of the shields in the Main Span and punch list items in the cause way. 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, April 1 through Sunday, April 4
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 the Spring of 2010.

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