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Immediate Release: May 13, 2011

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 May 16, 2011, the New York State Thruway Authority announced today.

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.

Monday, May 16 thru Thursday, May 19

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left southbound lanes until 6 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 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Friday, May 20

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left southbound lane and an additional left southbound lane at 9 p.m. until 6 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 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22

No work scheduled.

The lane closures on Monday through Friday nights are required in order for the contractor to be able to perform deck repairs and surveying on the Tappan Zee Bridge from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9.

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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