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For Immediate Release:  July 30, 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 August 2, 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, August 2 through Wednesday, August 4

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right northbound lane, and one additional right northbound lane at 9 p.m. 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 night 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, August 5

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 open to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Friday, August 6

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right southbound lane and one additional right southbound lane at 9 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 three lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During Thursday and Friday night 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.

Saturday, August 7

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right northbound lane and one additional right northbound lane at 9 p.m. until 8 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 8 a.m.

During Saturday night operations, due to the northbound lane closures, the entrance ramp from Broadway (southbound) in Tarrytown will also be closed from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

Sunday, August 8

No work scheduled.

These lane closures are required for the contractor to perform preparation work for installation of safety railing on the steel barriers and in the east deck truss spans; perform surveying work, and install fiber optic conduit supports 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.

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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