Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. on Friday, July 1, to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, 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.
“Independence Day weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year and by putting drivers first we are helping to ensure travelers get where they need to go as quickly and with as little delay as possible,” Governor Cuomo said. “I wish New Yorkers a Happy Fourth of July and encourage everyone to drive smart and be safe this holiday weekend.”
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “I am happy to once again join with Governor Cuomo and the Thruway Authority to make a busy holiday travel weekend a little less stressful for New Yorkers by limiting construction activities that require lane closures. Travelers should check 511NY before starting any trips to find the best route and avoid traffic congestion due to crashes.”
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.
AAA predicts that of the more than 43 million people traveling more than 50 miles from home this weekend, an estimated 36 million of them will be traveling by car. This July 4th weekend is expected to have the fourth highest travel volume on record, with a 1.2 percent increase in vehicle travel over last year, due to low gas prices.
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