Rockland Traffic Shift Scheduled This Week Overnight Lane Closures Required
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Rockland Traffic Shift Scheduled This Week Overnight Lane Closures Required

January 25, 2019

Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) is scheduled to realign Rockland-bound traffic near the Rockland landing during the overnight of Saturday, Jan. 26, weather permitting. The work will require overnight lane closures on the northbound/westbound New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287), starting tonight.

As part of the traffic shift operation, at least one Rockland-bound lane will remain open except when State Police stop and temporarily hold traffic for approximately 15 minutes during the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 27. There will be no lane closures in the Westchester-bound direction.

The new traffic configuration will allow TZC to continue roadway improvements near the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

Additional roadway work is scheduled to occur next week, requiring midday, single-lane closures on the Westchester-bound Thruway.

Specific lane closure times are listed in the chart below.


Fri. 1/25 8 p.m. – One left lane
9 p.m. – Two left lanes
11 p.m. – Three left lanes
7 a.m., Sat. 1/26 Northbound (I-87/I-287)
from exit 8a to exit 10
Sat. 1/26 8 p.m. – One right lane
10 p.m. – Two right lanes
11 p.m. – Three right lanes
9 a.m., Sun. 1/27 Northbound
from exit 8a to exit 10
Mon. 1/28 10 a.m. – One right lane 3 p.m. Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 9
Tues. 1/29 10 a.m. – One right lane 3 p.m. Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 9
Wed. 1/30 10 a.m. – One right lane 3 p.m. Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 9
Thur. 1/31 10 a.m. – One right lane 3 p.m. Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 9
Fri. 2/1 10 a.m. – One right lane 3 p.m. Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 9

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. Operations include forming retaining walls, rebar installation and pouring concrete.

At the Rockland Landing, 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.

Additionally, 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 drilling and installing piles at Elizabeth Place Park for construction of a highway noise barrier.

Additional work includes:

  • Removal of east anchor span materials
  • Excavation, grading, pouring concrete and installing barrier near bridge landings
  • Dismantling of the old bridge’s pile caps, piles and caissons
  • 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.

Periodic 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.