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Immediate Release: May 20, 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 23, 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 23 and Tuesday, May 24

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left, northbound lane, an additional left, northbound lane at 9 p.m. and another northbound lane at 10:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane northbound and three lanes southbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Wednesday, May 25

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left, northbound lane, an additional left, northbound lane at 9 p.m. and another left northbound lane at 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane northbound and three 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.

Thursday, May 26

Work will begin at 10 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left, northbound lanes and an additional left, northbound lane at 11:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane northbound and three lanes southbound will be opened to traffic from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Friday, May 27

Work will begin at 10 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left, northbound lane, an additional left, northbound lane at 11 p.m. and another left lane northbound at 12 midnight until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane northbound and three lanes southbound will be opened to traffic from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During Thursday and Friday night operations, due to the northbound lane closures, the entrance ramp from Broadway (southbound) in Tarrytown will also be closed from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

Saturday, May 28 Through Monday, May 30

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, surveying and limited milling and paving 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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