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TZ Bridge Speed Reduction; Possible Closure

NYC city tunnels will close at 2 p.m., but the Tappan Zee Bridge remains open possibly until winds hit 60 mph.

The Holland and Brooklyn Battery tunnels will close as of 2 p.m., announced Governor Andrew Cuomo in a press conference this morning, but as of yet the Tappan Zee Bridge remains open.

The NYS Thruway Authority posted a speed reduction on the Tappan Zee Bridge of 35 mph due to high winds. If sustained winds reach a speed of 60 mph or greater, the bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions.

“As always, our top priority is motorist safety, and if conditions warrant we may close the Tappan Zee Bridge to all traffic at any time,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison. “In any case, if sustained winds or gusts reach 60 mph the bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions.”

In the event that the bridge is closed, southbound traffic on the New York State Thruway will be required to exit the roadway at or before exit 13, Palisades Interstate Parkway. Northbound traffic will be required to leave roadway at exit 8, I-287 Cross Westchester Expressway.

For now, empty tractor trailers are prohibited from travelling the three-mile span.

Stay tuned for updates on the bridge as Sandy approaches.

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