Construction Suspended to Minimize Traffic Disruptions during Peak Travel Times
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 4 to 6 a.m. on Monday, July 8 to accommodate travelers during the busy Independence Day holiday.
Motorists should be aware that some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The construction suspension aligns with 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.
"With a record number of travelers expected to hit the road this Independence Day, we're doing all we can to ease traffic and help New Yorkers get to their holiday destinations safely," Governor Cuomo said. "During this time of celebration, it is imperative that motorists remain alert on the roads and do not drive distracted. Take a break at a rest stop or parking area, or use the text stops - it's not worth putting your life and the lives of others at risk."
Governor Cuomo is urging motorists to follow the state's Move Over Law, which requires motorists to slow down and safely move over for law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and construction or maintenance vehicles that are stopped along roads across the state.
New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, "Governor Cuomo's suspension of bridge and road work will improve safety by reducing delays as motorists head out for their 4th of July celebrations. We also urge motorists to do their part by obeying posted speed limits, putting down electronic devices, moving over for emergency vehicles, and planning for a safe ride home if those celebrations include alcohol. Troopers will be highly visible throughout the holiday period, cracking down on reckless and impaired drivers."
New York State Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said, "Governor Cuomo's initiative to suspend construction during this busy travel weekend will help thousands of motorists get to their Independence Day destinations faster. Remember to Move Over when you see emergency vehicles or maintenance crews on the side of the road. They would also like to celebrate July 4 with their loved ones, and their lives depend on motorists remaining alert, following the Move Over Law and driving safely."
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "Independence Day is best spent celebrating our nation's birthday with friends and family, not sitting in traffic. I applaud Governor Cuomo's decision to suspend construction activities, which will help New Yorkers get where they need to go safely and with a minimum of delays. I encourage drivers to utilize the 511NY website when making their travel plans and urge them to drive safely, refrain from any form of distracted driving and to move over for roadside emergency and maintenance vehicles."
Last week, the Governor and New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies announced they will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions during the 4th of July holiday.
According to AAA, a record-breaking 48.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home for the Independence Day holiday, which is an increase of more than 4.1 percent compared to last year. AAA predicts the busiest travel day during the holiday week to be Wednesday, July 3.
Motorists are encouraged to utilize the 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.
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 Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which is available to download for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails, which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway here.
Travelers can check 511NY before traveling, by calling 5-1-1, visiting the 511 website here, or downloading the free 511NY mobile app on iTunes or Google Play. The free service allows users to check road conditions, view traffic cameras and link to air and transit information. The app features Drive mode, which provides audible alerts along a chosen route while a user is driving, warning them about incidents and construction.