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For Immediate Release: December 3, 2010

Thruway Authority to Continue with Tappan Zee Bridge Deck Replacement Project
Work Schedule for the Week of December 6, 2010

The New York State Thruway Authority announced that deck replacement work on the Tappan Zee Bridge will continue during the week of December 6, 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, December 6 through Wednesday, December 8

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right northbound lanes until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least three lanes southbound and two lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 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, December 9

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right northbound lane, and an additional right northbound at 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least three lanes southbound and two lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During 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.

Friday, December 10

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right northbound lane, and an additional right northbound at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least three lanes southbound and two lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 8 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 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12

No work scheduled.

These lane closures are required for the contractor to work on the installation of safety railing on the steel barriers and in the east deck truss spans; perform surveying work, and install electrical conduits and their supports from milepost 13.8 to the west abutment.  They will also be performing deck repairs in the East Deck Truss Spans from milepost 13.2 to milepost 13.8.

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.

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

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