New York bridge demolition rescheduled for Tuesday

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Bad weather on the weekend delayed the planned demolition of the east span of the Tappan Zee Bridge. It will now be taken down by controlled explosions Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. The Thruway near the bridge will be temporarily closed and traffic delays are expected.

Part of I-87/I-287 will be closed for at least 45 minutes starting at 9 a.m. The Thruway Authority encourages drivers to avoid the area and find alternate routes during that time.

Crews will close entrance ramps to the northbound/westbound Thruway at:

  • Exit 9 (Tarrytown – Sleepy Hollow – Route 9)
  • Route 119 in Elmsford
  • Saw Mill Parkway (Exit 22)

Entrance ramps to the southbound/eastbound Thruway will be closed at:

  • Exit 10 (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W)
  • Exit 11 in Nyack (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W).

New York State Police also will stop traffic in both directions on Interstate 87/287 between exit 11 in Nyack (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W) and exit 9 (Tarrytown – Sleepy Hollow – Route 9) in Tarrytown for about 45 minutes. State police will reopen the ramps and release traffic after demolition is complete.

Motorists are strongly advised to avoid travel in this area during this time, according to the Thruway Authority.

In case of inclement weather, the operation will be postponed until the morning of Sunday, Jan. 13.