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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

ALBANY -- Temporary lane closures associated with road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will not be permitted from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. on Monday to allow for those traveling for the New Year's holiday. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.

The prohibition of non-essential lane closures prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work. Lane closures were also prohibited over the Christmas holiday weekend.

AAA predicts that the number of people traveling more than 50 miles from home this holiday season will top 100 million for the first time in history. That represents a 1.4 percent increase over last year and the seventh consecutive year of year-end holiday travel growth.

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 at

The days preceding the Christmas holiday are among the busiest on the Thruway. The Thruway is prepared to handle the additional traffic volume. Travelers are encouraged to sign-up for TRANSalerts to receive real-time traffic alerts or follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter.

Travelers are reminded to check 511NY by calling 511 or by accessing before departing. The free service allows users to check road conditions or link to air and transit information.

Mobile users can download the updated, free 511NY mobile app from the iTunes or Google Play stores. The app now features Drive mode, which provides audible alerts along a chosen route while a user is driving, warning them about incidents and construction. Users can set a destination prior to departing and receive information on up to three routes.

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