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For Immediate Release:  July 16, 2010

Thruway Authority to Continue with 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 July 19, 2010.

The work will 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 19 through Thursday, July 22

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 bridge. At least two lanes southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During the Monday night and Thursday night operations, due to the southbound lane closures, the southbound entrance at Interchange 10 will be closed. Southbound traffic will be detoured from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. on a posted detour route through Nyack to the entrance at Route 59 near Interchange 11. 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 are scheduled to re-open by 6 a.m.

Friday, July 23

Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in 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 bridge. At least two lanes southbound and one lane northbound will be open 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. Southbound traffic will be detoured from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. on a posted detour route through Nyack to the entrance at Route 59 near Interchange 11. 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 are scheduled to re-open by 7 a.m.

Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25

No work scheduled.

These lane closures are required in order for the contractor to be able to perform preparation work for installation of safety railing 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 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.

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

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