Tarrytown Entrance Ramp to Tappan Zee Bridge to Close - for Years

This report was written and the photo was taken by Patch Editor Krista Madsen. 

As of Thursday, Dec. 5 and for the duration of the new Tappan Zee Bridge build, drivers going from Tarrytown to Rockland will have to bypass the Route 9 entrance ramp to the Thruway.

The New York State Thruway Authority announced that the northbound entrance ramp to I-87/287 at South Broadway in Tarrytown will soon close for construction work for the duration of the project -- estimated at about five years. 

The bridge team plans to use this as a staging/storage area. Meanwhile, workers are expected to level and relocate the Thruway offices themselves and the State Police headquarters housed in the building just adjacent to the ramp. 

“Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) will utilize the area surrounding the ramp for storage and staging,” said a press release from the Thruway. “As a result, this closure will reduce the amount of construction traffic on local roadways.”

Drivers will be rerouted to use the so-called Ramp E, which begins by turning right after going .02 miles eastbound up Route 119. Drivers passing the South Broadway ramp should turn into the right-hand “jug handle” to loop around and cross the roadway onto Route 119.

Authorities claim the closure will not greatly impact regular traffic and is meant to increase safety for both travelers and construction workers. 

“Prior to the start of the New NY Bridge project, the Thruway conducted a comprehensive traffic study to determine the potential impact of closing Ramp E, and earlier this year TZC conducted an additional traffic study to verify its results,” the statement from the Thruway said. “Findings from both studies indicate that the closure will not have a significant impact on traffic.”

Maggie24 December 04, 2013 at 07:47 AM
"Authorities claim the closure will not impact regular traffic". Rule number one: any statement stating with "authorities claim" can typically be dismissed as being made by people far removed from the situation, who have no idea whatsoever about the actual impact on real people--which is certainly the case in this situation. This is going to cause a complete mess over there. The Tarrytown ramp is the only way to avoid that knot of traffic from the east. Now they're just going to add to the clog by funneling everyone into the same knot. Another sterling moment from whatever nameless, faceless "authority" that's running this mess.
E. Loughran December 04, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Agree, Maggie. This entire thing has been shoved down the throats of local residents with absolutely no concern for us.
Kevin Roy December 18, 2013 at 08:44 AM
This study was wrong. It took at least 40 minutes to get onto the bridge from the train station the last two nights. This NEVER happened before they closed the entrance ramp. If you're as frustrated as me, call 1-855-892-7434 and complain.
Kevin Roy December 18, 2013 at 09:09 AM
Billy Dunn is compiling complaints. She can be reached by calling the above number.
E. Loughran December 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Albany refuses to listen. Complaining won't help, but put me down, anyway.
be ready... December 18, 2013 at 02:48 PM
the Thruway authority needs to come up with another plan for storage and re-open the ramp to the bridge immediately. Maybe open the exit back up after 3 pm? the traffic study was wrong. I commute on the 5:25 pm Tappan Zee Express bus from Tarrytown to Nyack. Since the ramp closure it takes over an hour for the bus from the Metro North train station to reach route 119. Please post a list on the Patch for Thruway representatives and anyone else we can call and email to have the ramp re-opened. Thanks
Kevin Roy December 18, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I was told someone will call me to follow-up with my complaint. When and if they do, I'll post an update.


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