No Non-Essential Lane Closures During Busy Travel Weekend
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York highways will be suspended beginning today until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, in order to accommodate travelers during the busy Independence Day holiday weekend. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.
"The Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year and we are doing everything in our power to make the time on the road as painless as possible," Governor Cuomo said. "With these actions, we are helping to ensure motorists get where they need to go safely and efficiently with minimum delays during this holiday weekend."
Travelers are reminded that New York's Move Over Law 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.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "Once again, the State Department of Transportation and Thruway Authority are partnering realize Governor Cuomo’s goal of making busy holiday weekends a little easier for motorists by limiting construction activities that require lane closures. Travelers should check 511NY before starting any trips and should remember to safely move over when they see law enforcement, emergency vehicles or tow trucks along the road."
New York State Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Bill Finch said, "As one of the safest superhighways in the nation, the thousands of travelers that will use our 570-mile roadway to get to their holiday destinations won’t encounter any unnecessary construction congestion. We applaud Governor Cuomo for joining us by putting drivers first to ensure motorists have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend."
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.
The construction suspension is keeping with Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First program, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work.
AAA predicts that a record-breaking 44.2 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home this Independence Day weekend, with an estimated 37.5 million of them traveling by car. The weekend is expected to have 1.25 million, or 2.9 percent, more travelers than the 2016 Independence Day weekend. This is expected to be the most traveled Independence Day weekend on record, thanks in part due to low gas prices and strong employment.
Travelers are reminded to check 511NY by calling 511 or by accessing www.511ny.org before departing. The free service allows users to check road conditions or link to air and transit information.
Mobile users can download the free 511NY mobile app from the iTunes or Google Play stores. The app now features Drive mode, which provides audible alerts along a chosen route while a user is driving, warning them about incidents and construction. Users can set a destination prior to departing and receive information on up to three routes.
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