Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State freeways will be suspended from Thursday, December 23 at 6 a.m. until Monday. December 27 at 6 a.m. Construction will also be suspended from Thursday, December 30 at 6 a.m. to Monday January 3 at 6 a.m. to facilitate travel for motorists.
Motorists should be aware that some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. Construction suspension aligns with New York State’s Drivers First initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic jams and travel delays due to road and bridge work .
“We are in the middle of one of the busiest travel times of the year and we want to make sure that all New Yorkers can reach their destination safely and without delay, so that they can enjoy the holiday season ‘ Governor Hochul said. “To this end, we are suspending construction on national roads to facilitate traffic during this period. I wish all New Yorkers a wonderful holiday season and remind them to drive responsibly and help make this a happy and safe time for all. “
According to AAA, more than 109 million people will travel this holiday season, which is an increase of almost 34% from 2020. That will bring this year’s numbers to 92% of 2019 levels.
The governor reminds motorists that national and local law enforcement is participating in the national “Drive sober or get pulled over” campaign, which runs until January 1, 2022. Motorists can expect to see dots sobriety checks and more New York State soldiers on the roads during vacation travel season. The New York State Thruway Authority will also continue its tradition of providing free hot coffee and tea to travelers at service areas along the Thruway from 11:00 p.m. on New Years Eve to 7:00 a.m. on New Years morning. to promote safety and alert driving.
Text stops, including park-and-ride lots, rest areas, service areas, and parking lots along state highways, support the state’s efforts to reduce distracted driving. All text stops will remain open, providing a location where drivers can safely and conveniently use their phones and other mobile devices to call, text, navigate and access mobile apps. Texting while driving is particularly dangerous, as it forces motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands behind the wheel and not to drive.
New York State Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said“The holiday season is one of the busiest travel times of the year and the suspension of construction over the holiday weekend will allow motorists to get to their destinations faster, with fewer delays. We urge motorists to move for emergency and maintenance vehicles they see on the road, stay alert and drive soberly. We also want to remind drivers that due to the service area redevelopment project, 10 service areas are closed along the Thruway for renovations, so please plan your stops accordingly. Fuel services remain open at all locations and two consecutive service areas are not closed in the same direction of travel. I wish all New Yorkers a Happy New Year.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie-Thérèse Dominguez said: “Traveling during the holiday season can be stressful and the Department of Transportation wants to do everything possible to provide a hassle-free trip for motorists and allow them to reach their destinations with as little disruption as possible. We wish everyone a happy New Year’s Eve and urge everyone who travels to do so safely, ensuring that when you are on the road, remember to buckle up, be careful. and, please, don’t text and drive. Let’s work together to make sure everyone reaches their destination safely.
New York State Department of Motor Vehicle Commissioner and Chairman of the New York Governor’s Committee on Highway Safety Mark JF Schroeder said: “We hope everyone’s travel this holiday season will be safe. Please plan for alternate ways of getting home or spending the night if you plan to celebrate with alcohol, and please keep an eye out for pedestrians during the last days of this busy shopping season.
State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen said: “As the trips begin this holiday season, our soldiers will be ready to do their part to keep our roads safe. We urge all drivers to do their part by putting their electronics away and staying focused and alert. Please obey posted speed limits and follow the rules of the road. Plus, those celebrating this holiday season should do so safely by planning ahead or driving soberly. Together, we can save lives and prevent serious injury.
The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on iPhone and Android devices. The application offers motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the move. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert emails, which provide the latest conditions along the Thruway.
Follow the Thruway Authority on Twitter @NYSThruway and on Facebook at the New York State Thruway Authority.
Travelers can check NYSDOT’s 511NY before traveling by calling 5-1-1, visiting the 511 website, or downloading the free 511NY mobile app from iTunes or Google Play. The free service allows users to check road conditions, view 2,219 traffic cameras, and access air and public transport information. The app features Drive Mode, which provides audible alerts along a chosen route while a user is driving, alerting them to incidents and roadworks.
Follow the New York State DOT on Twitter @NYSDOT and on Facebook at the New York State Department of Transportation.
The Department of Motor Vehicles urges drivers to use the Have a Plan app to help them find a safe way to get home after a celebration where they can drink. The Governor’s Road Safety Committee and NYS STOP-DWI Foundation’s free app allows users to nominate a driver, call a cab or ride a ride, and review the consequences of impaired driving. Users can even use the app to report a drunk or drugged driver. The app is available for Apple, Android and Windows smartphones.
Follow DMV on Twitter @NYSDMV and on Facebook at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.