Construction-related lane closures suspended to ease holiday traffic

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended during peak holiday travel times to ease travel for residents and visitors. 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.

“The holiday season is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and our top priority is to ensure travelers reach their destinations safely to enjoy the holiday with loved ones,” Governor Cuomo said. “I urge all drivers to be responsible on the roads, stay alert and never drink and drive.”

All road construction work behind temporary lane closures is ceasing from 6 a.m. Friday, December 21 until 6 a.m. Wednesday, December 26. Construction will also be suspended from 6 a.m. Saturday, December 29, through 6 a.m. Wednesday, January 2. Some work may continue behind concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.

New Yorkers are reminded that state and local law enforcement are participating in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which runs through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Motorists can expect to see sobriety checkpoints and more New York State Troopers on the roadways during the holiday travel season. The New York State Thruway Authority will also continue its 48-year tradition of offering free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve through 7 a.m. New Year’s morning to promote safe and alert driving. 

Travelers are encouraged to use 64 text stops, as well as Service Areas, Rest Areas and Welcome Centers located statewide as needed for texting, making phone calls, and other non-driving tasks.

Motorists are also urged to follow the state’s Move Over Law, which requires motorists to drive with care, slow down and safely move over when approaching law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and construction or maintenance vehicles that are stopped along roads across the state. The law was enacted in 2011 to protect New Yorkers working along the roadway and has since been expanded to include a wider range of emergency and hazard vehicles.

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.

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