Construction-related lane closures suspended for July 4th holiday

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New York Construction Report staff writer

Temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. July 1 to 6 a.m. on Wed., July 5, to ease travel throughout the holiday weekend.

“The Fourth of July holiday weekend is expected to be another busy travel period, and we want to ensure people get to their destinations with minimal delays,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “I encourage everyone traveling this holiday weekend to plan ahead, drive responsibly, and have a safe and happy Independence Day.”

The construction suspension aligns with New York State’s Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.

AAA predicts record breaking traffic volumes over the holiday weekend, with 43.2 million people driving to their destinations, an increase of 2.4 percent over 2022 and 4 percent higher than 2019.

The Thruway Authority reminds motorists that seven service areas are closed and under construction as part of the $450 million private investment and modernization project. Fuel services remain open at all locations. Motorists can view the service areas and plan their stops on the Thruway Authority’s website and on the free mobile app.

“The July Fourth holiday is consistently one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. While safety is always our top priority, convenience and ease of travel are also extremely important,” said New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez. “In suspending construction activities, Governor Hochul is helping to accomplish both by making roads safer for drivers and our maintenance workers, and helping travelers reach their destinations with a minimal number of disruptions.”

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