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Immediate Release: July 22, 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 July 25, 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, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two right southbound lanes and an additional right southbound 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 southbound and three lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During Monday and Tuesday 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 detour route signs will be posted through Nyack for the entrance at Route 59 near Interchange 11.

Wednesday, July 27

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right northbound lane and an additional right northbound 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 northbound and three lanes southbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During 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, July 28

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of one right northbound lane and an additional right northbound lane at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least two lanes northbound and three lanes southbound 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, July 29

Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of one left northbound lane and an additional left northbound lane at 10 p.m. In addition, there will be a closure of one left lane southbound at 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound will be opened to traffic from 9 p.m. to 8 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 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. All traffic will be detoured to the entrance ramp from Route 119.

Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31

No work scheduled.

The lane closures on Monday through Thursday 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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