For Immediate Release: 11/15/23
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TRAVEL ALERT – ROCKLAND COUNTY: EXTENDED LANE CLOSURES ON SOUTHBOUND THRUWAY (I-87/I-287) THIS WEEKEND TO FACILITATE CRITICAL BRIDGE REPAIRS
Motorists Should Take Alternate Routes Starting Friday Night
Two of Three Southbound Lanes Between Exits 14B and 14A Will Be Closed From 9 PM Friday Until Saturday Evening
One Southbound Lane Will Be Closed From Saturday Evening Until Monday Afternoon to Facilitate Bridge Deck Repair in Monsey
The New York State Thruway Authority today announced that motorists should expect travel lane closures on the southbound Thruway (I-87/I-287) in Monsey between exit 14B (Airmont - Montebello - Airmont Road) and exit 14A (New Jersey – Garden State Parkway) beginning Friday night, Nov. 17, through Monday, Nov. 20, to safely facilitate critical bridge deck repair work, weather permitting. Delays are expected and motorists should avoid the area and take alternate routes while this work occurs.
Beginning at approximately 9 p.m. Friday, only one of three southbound travel lanes will be open to traffic. A second southbound travel lane is anticipated to reopen by Saturday evening, and traffic will travel around the work zone in the right and left lanes.
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 48 hours. While every effort will be made to have all three southbound lanes open by Monday morning, one travel lane may remain closed, potentially impacting the morning commute. In this scenario, we expect that all travel lanes will be available for use on Monday afternoon.
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 take alternate routes starting Friday night.
During this work, all three travel lanes in the northbound direction near the construction zone will remain open. Repairs to the bridge deck in the northbound lanes were made last weekend.
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.