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Immediate Release: October 7, 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 October 10, 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, October 10

Work will begin at 9 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left southbound lanes and an additional left southbound lane at 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. In addition, this will result in the closure of one left northbound lane at 9 p.m. and an additional left northbound lane at 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 16.2 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During Monday night operations, due to the southbound lane closures, the southbound entrance at Interchange 10 will be closed from 9 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.

Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left southbound lanes and an additional left southbound lane at 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. In addition, this will result in the closure of one left northbound lane at 8 p.m. and an additional left northbound lane at 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 16.2 also on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and two lanes northbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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

Thursday, October 13

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left southbound lanes and an additional left southbound lane at 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. In addition, this will result in the closure of one left northbound lane at 10 p.m. and an additional left northbound lane at 12 midnight until 6 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 16.2 also on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During Thursday 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.

Friday, October 14

Work will begin at 8 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left southbound lanes and an additional left southbound lane at 12 midnight until 8 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. In addition, this will result in the closure of one left northbound lane at 10 p.m. and an additional left northbound lane at 12 midnight until 8 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 16.2 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

During Friday night operations, due to the southbound lane closures, the southbound entrance at Interchange 10 will be closed from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and southbound detour route signs will be posted through Nyack for the entrance at Route 59 near Interchange 11.

Saturday, October 15

Work will begin at 11 p.m. resulting in the closure of two left southbound lanes and an additional left southbound lane at 1 a.m. until 8 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 17.9 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. In addition, this will result in the closure of one left northbound lane at 11 p.m. and an additional left northbound lane at 12 midnight until 8 a.m. from milepost 13.2 to milepost 16.2 on the Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one lane southbound and one lane northbound will be opened to traffic from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.

During Saturday night operations, due to the southbound lane closures, the southbound entrance at Interchange 10 will be closed from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. and southbound detour route signs will be posted through Nyack for the entrance at Route 59 near Interchange 11.

Sunday, October 16

No work scheduled.

The lane closures on Monday through Saturday nights are required in order for the contractor to continue with the replacement of the deck in the middle three lanes 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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