For Immediate Release: 11/08/23
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TRAVEL ALERT – ROCKLAND COUNTY: EXTENDED LANE CLOSURES ON NORTHBOUND THRUWAY (I-87/I-287) THIS WEEKEND TO FACILITATE CRITICAL BRIDGE REPAIRS
Motorists Strongly Encouraged to Take Alternate Routes Starting Friday Night
Two of Three Northbound Lanes Between Exits 14A and 14B Will Be Closed From 9 PM Friday Until 7 AM Saturday Morning
One Northbound Lane Will Be Closed Most of the Weekend to Facilitate Bridge Deck Repair in Monsey
Single Lane Closure May Remain in Place Until Monday Night, Impacting Morning and Evening Commutes
The New York State Thruway Authority today announced that motorists should expect travel lane closures on the northbound Thruway (I-87/I-287) in Monsey between exit 14A (New Jersey – Garden State Parkway) and exit 14B (Airmont - Montebello - Airmont Road) beginning Friday night, Nov. 10, through Monday, Nov. 13, to safely facilitate critical bridge deck repair work. Delays are expected and motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid the area and seek alternate routes while this work occurs.
Beginning at approximately 9 p.m. Friday, only one of three northbound travel lanes will be open to traffic. A second travel lane is anticipated to reopen sometime after 7 a.m. Saturday, as traffic will be shifted into temporary lanes on the left side of the highway, including the shoulder.
This temporary traffic pattern is needed to facilitate repairs to a deteriorated portion of the concrete deck on the bridge over Saddle River Road in Monsey.
Crews will remove the deteriorated portion of bridge deck and pour new concrete over the weekend. The concrete will need to cure and harden to a specific strength, which may take up to 24 hours. While every effort will be made to have all three northbound lanes open by Monday morning, one travel lane may remain closed, potentially impacting both the morning and evening commutes.
In this scenario, we expect that all travel lanes will be available for use early on Tuesday morning.
Flaggers will direct motorists and pedestrians on Saddle River Road during the work.
Variable Message Signs on the Thruway and surrounding highways are advising motorists to avoid the area. Motorists should consider taking alternate routes starting Friday night.
During this work, all three travel lanes in the southbound direction near the construction zone will remain open. However, two southbound lanes are scheduled to close the following weekend (Nov. 18-19) to complete additional repairs on the bridge, weather permitting. Only one southbound lane will be available to motorists in the work zone; more details will be provided next week
Motorists are urged to be alert, follow the posted work zone speed limits and are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005 , convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.
For up-to-date travel information, motorists are encouraged to download its mobile app which is available to download for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go.
Travelers can also visit the Thruway Authority's interactive Traveler Map which features live traffic cameras. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails, which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway.