ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- To help handle expected traffic congestion this weekend while some lanes are closed on the Tappan Zee Bridge while the new bridge is being built, Rockland County officials plan to have more buses in service Saturday in an effort to encourage mass transit.
Northbound lane closures start Friday night and continue on and off through Sunday. Rockland County Executive Ed Day said extra buses are available Saturday because of expected closures of three northbound lanes on the bridge.
The lanes need to be closed to help with the new bridge construction project, officials said. Additional buses should help people trying to get back and forth between Rockland and Westchester counties, officials said.
The additional buses will be used as needed only on Saturday on the Tappan Zee Express route since the Rockland-Westchester bus service does not operate on Sundays, officials said.
“This is going to be a very difficult weekend for people who are driving between Westchester and Rockland,” Day said. “We hope to make it a little easier by putting these extra buses in service.”
Officials hope to ease congestion by having people use buses rather than cars.
“We encourage people to use mass transit Saturday while this road construction takes place on the Tappan Zee Bridge,” said Michael D'Angelo, director of administration and research in the Rockland Transportation Department.
Drivers can park at the park and ride at lot J at the Palisades Center mall, where they can take the Tappan Zee Express. No permit is required, officials said.
Lane closures will start Friday at 9 p.m. and continue until 2 p.m. Saturday and then begin again at 9 p.m. Saturday and last until 2 p.m. Sunday.
During the majority of this work, three northbound lanes will be closed and one northbound lane will be open to traffic. All three lanes in the southbound direction will remain open on the Tappan Zee Bridge during the entire weekend.
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