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For Immediate Release: April 9, 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 April 12, 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:

Monday, April 12 through Wednesday, April 14

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right northbound lanes, and another right will be closed 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 three lanes southbound will be open to traffic from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right northbound lane, and another right will be closed at 10 p.m. and another right lane from midnight until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge.  At least one lane northbound and three lanes southbound will be open to traffic from midnight until 6 a.m.

During next week’s nighttime 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.

Next week’s lane closures are to complete the installation of new steel barrier, complete the testing of the modular joints in the main span and west deck truss and to clean and remove the shield at the main span. All lanes are expected to be open by 6 a.m. the following day.

No work is scheduled for Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18.

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 Spring of 2010.

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