Construction-Related Lane Closures Suspended Over Holiday Weekend Drivers First Program Aims to Ease Congestion
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Construction-Related Lane Closures Suspended Over Holiday Weekend Drivers First Program Aims to Ease Congestion

February 14, 2019

Temporary lane closures will be suspended through Monday, February 18, to accommodate travelers during the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The construction suspension supports Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work.

A detailed schedule of Thruway lane closures throughout the holiday weekend is available here.

Roadway Improvements
Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) is scheduled to continue roadway improvements near the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge next week. The work requires single-lane closures on the Rockland-bound New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287).

Specific lane closure times are listed in the chart below.


Tue. 2/19 10 a.m. – One left lane 3 p.m. Northbound (I-87/I-287)
from exit 8 to exit 10
Wed. 2/20 6 a.m. – One left lane 3 p.m. Northbound
from exit 8 to exit 10
Thur. 2/21 6 a.m. – One left lane 3 p.m. Northbound
from exit 8 to exit 10
Fri. 2/22 6 a.m. – One left lane 2 p.m. Northbound
from exit 8 to exit 10

East Anchor Span Removal
TZC continues to remove material from the Hudson River following the controlled demolition of the old Tappan Zee Bridge’s east anchor span, weather permitting.

The project’s largest crane, dubbed I Lift NY, has been relocated to the east anchor span site to assist with operations.

Bicycle/Pedestrian Path
TZC will continue to install rebar, pour concrete and strip forms on the northern side of the westbound span for the bridge’s shared-use bicycle/pedestrian path, barrier and overlooks.

At the Westchester Landing, foundation construction continues on the terminus site walls. Operations include forming retaining walls, rebar installation, pouring concrete and backfilling.

At the Rockland Landing, a new traffic pattern is in place for motorists exiting the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) at exit 10 (South Nyack). Local traffic to the Nyacks now uses a new ramp connecting to Hillside Avenue/Route 9W northbound.

Additionally, a section of the Esposito Trail from Clinton Avenue and South Franklin Street to South Nyack Village Hall remains closed for the construction of the side path. Pedestrians and cyclists are being detoured to South Broadway and through Elizabeth Place Park.

Crews will continue construction of a retaining wall along Hillside Avenue, necessitating temporary lane closures. Flag persons will keep traffic moving by alternating the directional flow between east and west. Crews also are constructing a highway noise barrier at Elizabeth Place Park.

Additional work includes:

  • Excavation, grading, pouring concrete and installing barrier near bridge landings
  • Internal work on Thruway Maintenance and New York State Police facilities

Boater Safety
The western 300 feet of the 600-foot wide main navigation channel is closed to all vessel transits Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Periodic partial closures of the main navigation channel are anticipated to continue during the demolition period, as TZC continues to dismantle the Tappan Zee Bridge’s west anchor span and salvage the collapsed east anchor span. Cranes, barges and other equipment will occupy parts of the channel during this time. Boaters are strongly encouraged to avoid the project site during the closures and to avoid the Regulated Navigation Areas, located east and west of the main channel.

Times and dates of the closures are subject to change and will appear in the U.S. Coast Guard’s weekly Notice to Mariners; on the project’s Twitter feed (@NewNYBridge); and broadcast on Marine Radio Channel 22A. Tappan Zee Constructors can be contacted via Marine Radio Channel 16 for assistance.

Rockland and Westchester marine units continue to patrol the project site.

More boater safety information, including the U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners, a construction site map and GPS-tracked construction vessel locations, can be found at

The New York State Thruway Authority provides this information as a public service. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. Nothing in these guidelines shall supersede the actual construction conditions, and regulations set forth by the U.S. Coast Guard.

All lane closures are subject to change due to traffic, weather or emergency situations. Please visit for real-time information regarding traffic conditions.