Commuters beware. Beginning Monday, April 3, work will begin on an $11.9 million project to resurface a northern section of the Palisades Interstate Parkway, calling for late-night and early morning road closures.
Announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, the road improvements will be made on the parkway within the towns of Haverstraw and Stony Point in Rockland County, and the towns of Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County.
"This stretch of the Palisades is a vital part of this region’s transportation network that is depended upon by Rockland and Orange residents and helps drive the local economy," Cuomo said. "These repairs will help increase the safety and efficiency on the critical roadway and help keep it viable and in good repair for years to come."
Approximately nine miles of the parkway will be resurfaced, from just north of the Bookstore/Service Area on the Parkway, south to the Route 202 interchange, DOT officials said.
Construction will involve diamond grinding the roadway surface and repairing concrete. Additionally, areas of the road will receive new asphalt.
The project will also include new pavement markings, the installation of joint sealer in joints and cracks, as well as the cleaning and repairing of drainage basins. Traffic signal loops will also be replaced as necessary, DOT officials added.
Some parkway sections under construction may be closed and lane closures should be expected to ensure the safety of motorists and work crews, they said.
When required, overnight lane closures will take place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday, first northbound, then southbound.
"This paving is absolutely critical for Rockland commuters. As the Palisades Parkway has transformed into a major thoroughfare, the increase in volume combined with harsh winters has resulted in a deteriorated condition," Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski said.
All construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.