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Immediate Release: December 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 December 18, 2010.

The work will be done in sequential order, is weather-dependent, and is subject to change. Updates will be issued to announce any change in schedule.

Lane closures will be announced as necessary during the following days:

Saturday, December 18

Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left northbound lanes until 9 a.m. from milepost 12.5 to milepost 16.2. In addition, there will be one left southbound lane closure at 9 p.m. until 9 a.m. from milepost 13.0 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound will be opened to traffic from 9 p.m. to 9 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 9 p.m. until 9 a.m. All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

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

Monday, December 20 through Wednesday, December 22

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left northbound lanes until 6 a.m. from milepost 12.5 to milepost 16.2. In addition, there will be one left southbound lane closure at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.0 to the west abutment on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound 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.

During Monday through Wednesday 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.

Thursday, December 23 through Sunday, December 26

No work scheduled.

These lane closures are required for the contractor to work on the replacement of the moveable barriers from the east end of the Tappan Zee Bridge to milepost 16.7 and to perform 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.

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

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