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For Immediate Release:  September 17, 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 September 20, 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, September 20 through Wednesday, September 22

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right southbound lane until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.8 to milepost 17.9. In addition, there will be two right northbound lane closures from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 12.9 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least two lanes southbound and two lanes northbound will be open to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Thursday, September 23

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right southbound lane until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.8 to milepost 17.9. In addition, there will be one right northbound lane closure at 8 p.m. and an additional northbound lane closure from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 12.9 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least two lanes southbound and two lanes northbound will be open to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During Monday through Thursday 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.

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

Friday, September 24

Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right southbound until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.8 to milepost 17.9.  In addition, there will be one right northbound lane closure at 9 p.m. and an additional right northbound lane closure at 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. from milepost 12.9 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least two lanes southbound and two lanes northbound will be open to traffic from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
During Friday night operations, due to the northbound lane closures, the entrance ramp from Broadway (southbound) in Tarrytown will also be closed from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

During Friday night’s operations, due to the southbound lane closures, the southbound entrance at Interchange 10 will be closed from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. and southbound traffic will be detoured on a posted detour route through Nyack to the entrance at Route 59 near Interchange 11.

Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26

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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