No Lane Closures Scheduled Over Labor Day Weekend Safety and Security Work Will Continue
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No Lane Closures Scheduled Over Labor Day Weekend Safety and Security Work Will Continue

August 31, 2018

In observance of the Labor Day holiday and in accordance with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) will suspend construction-related lane closures on or near the project site until Tuesday morning, September 4. Drivers First, launched in 2012, prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work. The Governor is also urging motorists to abide by New York’s Move Over Law and to utilize the 64 text stops located statewide as needed for texting, making phone calls, and other non-driving tasks.

“For many New Yorkers, Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, and we are committed to helping ensure safe, convenient travel during the busy holiday weekend,” Governor Cuomo said. “I wish all New Yorkers a happy Labor Day and urge travelers to follow the rules of the road, enjoy time with their families, and take a moment to observe the importance of the labor movement, which was born here in the Empire State.”

Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said, “Driver safety is the Thruway Authority’s top priority and as we wind down the busy summer travel season, we want travelers to get to and from their destinations safely, on time, and with no construction-related delays. I strongly encourage travelers to utilize the Thruway’s numerous Service Areas, Text Stops, and Welcome Centers to take a break and to avoid distracted driving.”

There will be slight variations for certain Thruway projects based on previous traffic volume. A detailed schedule of Thruway lane closures throughout the holiday weekend is available here.

Eastbound Span Roadway Work
TZC continues to prepare the eastbound span roadway with overnight paving operations. In addition to the recently installed noise barrier panels on the eastbound span, TZC is employing temporary noise mitigation measures to minimize impacts to residents.

Roadway and Aesthetic Lighting
TZC continues to install roadway lighting fixtures on the eastbound span. Periodic testing of the aesthetic lighting and roadway lighting will continue to occur in the coming weeks.  

Shared Use Path—Rockland Landing
The Thruway Authority will continue tree removal, clearing and grubbing activities in South Nyack. Crews will also work near the Interchange 10 off-ramp near Route 9W and Hillside Avenue.

Additional work includes:

  • Fence, pavement, signage and barrier installation
  • Internal tower work
  • Electrical equipment installation and testing
  • Dismantling of the old bridge’s pile caps and piles
  • Internal work on Thruway Maintenance and New York State Police facilities

Boater Safety
Periodic closures of the main navigation channel are anticipated to occur during construction and demolition periods. 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.