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For Immediate Release:  April 16, 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 19, 2010.

The work is to be done in sequential order weather-dependent and subject to change.

Updates will be issued announcing any change in schedule. Lane closures during this operation:

Monday, April 19 and Tuesday, April 20

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.

During Monday and Tuesday 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 6 a.m. All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

Wednesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 22

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes, with an additional right southbound 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 southbound and three lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Friday, April 23

Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes, with an additional right southbound lane closing at 12 Midnight, until 6 a.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 12 a.m. (midnight) to 6 a.m.

During Wednesday through 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.

Next week’s lane closures are required in order for the contractor to be able to perform punch-list work on the concrete deck and steel barriers from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment. All lanes are expected to be open by 6 a.m. the following day.

No work is scheduled for Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25.

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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