NY suspends road construction from Wednesday to Monday morning

Posted 23 November 2015 at 12:00 am

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that temporary lane closures associated with road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will not be permitted from 6 a.m. on Wednesday to 6 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, in order to accommodate motorists during the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week.

Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.

“The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, so starting Wednesday, the state will temporarily suspend major construction projects to reduce traffic congestion and delays,” Cuomo said. “This action puts drivers first by getting them where they need to go faster and with less aggravation this holiday weekend.”

Ensuring that more lanes remain open is in keeping with Gov. 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 nearly 47 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home from Wednesday through Sunday. That number is up slightly from last year, spurred in part by lower gas prices this season.

“The people of New York State need to be able to visit with their families and friends this holiday season without worrying about travel delays from road construction,” said New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll. “We encourage all travelers to check 511NY before traveling and join with Governor Cuomo is wishing all New Yorkers a Happy Thanksgiving.”

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 by clicking here.