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Immediate Release: April 1, 2011

UPDATE: Thruway Authority to Continue with Tappan Zee Bridge Deck Replacement Project

Deck replacement work on the Tappan Zee Bridge will continue during the week of April 2, 2011, the New York State Thruway Authority announced.

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.

Saturday, April 2

Work will begin at 9:30 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes until 10 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least two lanes southbound and three lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 9:30 p.m. to 10 a.m.

During Saturday night operations, due to the southbound lane closures, the southbound entrance at Exit 10 will be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 10 a.m. and southbound traffic will be detoured on a posted detour route through Nyack to the entrance at Route 59 near Exit 11.

Monday, April 4 through Thursday, April 7

Work will begin at 7 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right northbound lane until 4:30 a.m. from milepost 12.6 to milepost 16.5 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least three lanes southbound and three lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

During Monday through Thursday night operations, due to the northbound lane closure, the entrance ramp from Broadway (southbound) in Tarrytown will also be closed from 7 p.m. until 4:30 a.m. All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

Friday, April 8

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right northbound lane until 6 a.m. from milepost 12.6 to milepost 16.5 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least three lanes southbound and three lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During Friday night operations, due to the northbound lane closure, 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.

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10

No work scheduled.

The lane closures on Saturday night are required in order for the contractor to perform surveying work along the southbound side of the bridge from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9.

The lane closures on Monday through Friday nights are required for the contractor to perform utility and electrical work along the northbound side of the bridge from milepost 13.3 to milepost 16.2.

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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