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For Immediate Release:  July 9, 2010

Thruway Authority to Start Next Phase of Tappan Zee Bridge Deck Replacement Project

The New York State Thruway Authority announced the next phase of deck replacement work on the Tappan Zee Bridge will begin July 12, 2010.This project is part of the Authority’s on-going commitment to fulfill its responsibility to maintain and operate the bridge by making the necessary investments to assure safe and efficient travel for thousands of motorists who cross the bridge daily.

The $148.8 million deck replacement project will replace the center three lanes, which is expected to start next summer. Other work tasks to be performed this year include: installation of safety railing, repairs to the east deck panels at identified locations, and relocation of the existing fiber conduit under the bridge. When completed, approximately 96 percent of the original deck will have been replaced since the Bridge opened in 1955.
The work is to be done in sequential order, is weather-dependent and is subject to change.

Updates will be issued announcing any change in schedule. Lane closures will be announced as necessary during the following days:

Monday, July 12 through Thursday, July 15

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes and one right northbound lane at 9 p.m., and an additional right northbound lane at 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least two lanes southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During Monday and Thursday 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 at Route 59 near Interchange 11, from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. 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 lanes will be opened by 6 a.m.

Friday, July 16

Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes and one right northbound lane at 10 p.m., and an additional right northbound lane at 12 midnight until 7 a.m. from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least two lanes southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from 9 p.m. to 7 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 at Route 59 near Interchange 11, from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. Due to the northbound lane closures, the entrance ramp from Broadway (southbound) in Tarrytown will also be closed from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. All lanes will be opened by 7 a.m.

Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18

No work scheduled.

These lane closures are required in order for the contractor to be able to perform preparation work for the installation of the security fence on the steel barriers and surveying work from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment.

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 thru 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.

The second phase of the deck replacement project is slated for completion in the Winter of 2012.

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