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For Immediate Release:  May 14, 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 this weekend and during the week of May 17, 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:

Friday, May 14
Work will begin at 9 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 opened to traffic from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During Friday night’s 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, May 15
Work will continue at 6 a.m. resulting in the closure of one right southbound lane until 2 p.m. from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least three lanes southbound and three lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday May 16
No work scheduled.

Monday, May 17 through Wednesday, May 19
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 lanes northbound and three lanes southbound will be open to traffic from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.

During Monday through Wednesday 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.

Thursday, May 20
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 opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Friday, May 21
Work will begin at 9 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 opened to traffic from 9 p.m. to 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, May 22
Work will continue at 6 a.m. resulting in the closure of one right southbound lane until 2 p.m. from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least three lanes southbound and three lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday May 23
No work scheduled.

Next week’s lane closures are required in order for the contractor to be able to perform punch-list work on the concrete deck, work on the steel barriers from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment and to remove the materials used during the contract for the underdeck shield. 

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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