For immediate release: December 2, 2013
TARRYTOWN RAMP FROM SOUTH BROADWAY TO TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE TO CLOSE FOR CONSTRUCTION ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
The entrance ramp to the Tappan Zee Bridge (I-87 northbound/I-287 westbound) from South Broadway (Route 9) in Tarrytown will close to traffic for the duration of the New NY Bridge project, beginning at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 5. New York State Department of Transportation-approved signs will be in place to direct motorists to the entrance ramp located nearby on White Plains Road (Route 119.)
As a result of the closure, motorists who wish to travel northbound or westbound on the Thruway will be directed to bear right immediately after the closed ramp, onto what is referred to as the “jughandle” for Route 119. Motorists will proceed approximately 0.2 miles east on Route 119, turning right onto the I-87 northbound/I-287 westbound entrance ramp.
Referred to as “Ramp E” by the New York State Thruway Authority, the ramp from Route 9 southbound to I-87/I-287 has routinely closed for bridge-related maintenance projects. Its complete closure is required for the construction of the New NY Bridge, and to ensure safety for the traveling public and construction workers.
Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) will utilize the area surrounding the ramp for storage and staging. As a result, this closure will reduce the amount of construction traffic on local roadways.
Prior to the start of the New NY Bridge project, the Thruway conducted a comprehensive traffic study to determine the potential impact of closing Ramp E, and earlier this year TZC conducted an additional traffic study to verify its results. Findings from both studies indicate that the closure will not have a significant impact on traffic.