July 9, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Construction Suspended and All Major Lanes Open During Amtrak's Emergency Repair Work at Penn Station

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Roadwork Changes Will Aid LIRR Bus Service and Mitigate Impact of Amtrak Emergency Repairs Beginning Monday

Cashless Tolling in Effect on All Major Commuting Crossings

 

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that ahead of Monday's Amtrak emergency repair work, all non-emergency construction is suspended from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. and all lanes are open on major roadways in the New York City area beginning tonight. These actions, along with other roadwork changes including the implementation of cashless tolling, will assist with the Long Island Rail Road's bus service into and out of New York City by helping to clear major arteries.

Governor Cuomo previously ordered the acceleration of construction on bridges and tunnels in anticipation of added traffic due to Amtrak emergency repair work. As a result, all major commuting crossings are now cashless. The acceleration combined with the suspension of construction will ensure that all lanes will be open on major roadways, including the Long Island Expressway, the Grand Central Parkway, the Bruckner Expressway, the Major Deegan Expressway, the Van Wyck Expressway, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the Queens Midtown Tunnel, the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, and the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel.

"Amtrak's emergency repairs at Penn Station will have a ripple effect across the entire transportation system," Governor Cuomo said. "As New Yorkers adjust their plans, we are doing everything possible to ease the burden on commuters and travelers. By suspending construction and implementing critical roadwork changes, we are taking action to ensure New Yorkers can get where they need to go as quickly and easily as possible."

The state Department of Transportation will also be pre-deploying tow trucks and highway maintenance staff at strategic locations and ensure strict enforcement of HOV requirements. The DOT will also deploy a special incident portal on www.511ny.org to assist with specific highway and transit conditions resulting from the service disruption, including carpool/matching opportunities; current information on the temporary Park-N-Ride facilities operated by the MTA; and supplemental MTA bus services.

Roadwork Changes Effective Sunday Night:

  • Suspending all daytime conflicting non-emergency construction and maintenance activities.
  • Reducing tolls for trucks by 50 percent between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday night through Friday morning on all MTA-operated bridges and tunnels to reduce traffic during peak hours.
  • Pre-deploying highway maintenance staff and equipment at strategic locations to quick-clear debris, perform emergency maintenance or other tasks necessary to ensure the flow of traffic during the morning and evening peak travel period.
  • Pre-deploying tow trucks at strategic locations on Long Island to quick-clear vehicles experiencing mechanical failure or involved in incidents, including one heavy duty tow.
  • Ensuring strict enforcement of HOV requirements to optimize capacity of lane.
  • Evaluating traffic signal timing on major thoroughfares and adjusting as necessary.
  • Deploying a special incident portal on www.511ny.org to assist with specific highway and transit conditions resulting from the service disruption, including carpool/matching opportunities; current information on the temporary Park-N-Ride facilities operated by the MTA; and supplemental MTA bus services.
  • Deploying variable message signs to inform motorists of traffic restrictions, location of temporary LIRR bus services and the status/capacity of parking facilities.
  • Enhancing the Emergency Local Patrol (HELP) program hours of operation and number of trucks which provide roadside emergency services on major state highways.
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