Despite the possibility of more bad weather coming our way, the New York State Thruway Authority has set the date for the work to begin on the Northbound lanes of I-87 originally planned for last Saturday, January 6th.

Winter Storm Ember that blew through last weekend caused the NYS Thruway Authority to postpone work that had been scheduled for last Saturday, January 6th which would have removed a portion of the Brookside Road overpass. The original schedule had the northbound side coming down overnight on January 6th and the southbound side tentatively scheduled for January 13th, 2024.

What Part of the New York State Thruway is Being Closed on January 13th, 2024

A busy portion of the New York State Thruway between Exit 17 in Newburgh and Exit 18 in New Paltz will be closed. Drivers heading north can expect to be re-routed off I-87 northbound at exit 17 Newburgh and sent on a lengthy detour back to exit 18 in New Paltz.

NYS Thruway Authority via Facebook
NYS Thruway Authority via Facebook

Why is I-87 Northbound Closed on January 13th Between Newburgh and New Paltz

Officially a week behind on this project the NYS Thruway Authority has announced that they will be removing a portion of the Brookside Road overpass during the evening hours of Saturday, January 13th starting at 8 PM. The work is scheduled to run overnight through Sunday morning January 14th.

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The Detour for the January 13th NYS Thruway Closure

The detour during the closure will be marked. Drivers will exit the Thruway in Newburgh at Exit 17 and be directed to take State Route 84 East to State Route 9W North. Once on 9W drivers will follow signs to State Route 299 West which will take them to the Thruway Exit 18 in New Paltz, New York where they can re-enter I87 and continue north.

The official notice and details missed by the New York State Thruway Authority

New York State Thruway Timeline for Northbound  I-87 Closure on January 13th

(This is the official Timeline released by the NYS Thruway Authority)

  • At 5 p.m. Saturday, the Plattekill Service Area along the northbound Thruway in Ulster County – located between exits 17 and 18 – will close, and all customers will be required to leave the facility to ensure the roadway is clear of motorists. No food, restrooms, or fuel services will be available. Commercial vehicles may be required to leave the service area even earlier to avoid delays in departure.
  • At 8 p.m. Saturday, all traffic on the northbound Thruway will be required to leave the highway at exit 17 in Newburgh.
  • Saturday night into Sunday morning – Crews will work to remove the overpass over the highway.
  • On Sunday morning, the detour at northbound exit 17 will be lifted and two travel lanes will be available except in the construction zone where there will only be one travel lane available. The Plattekill service area will reopen at this time.
  • On Sunday, work will continue to remove the overpass, away from the travel lane.
  • The second travel lane through the construction zone will open as soon as safely possible.
  • Inclement weather could cause this work to be rescheduled.

Second NYS Thruway Closure Planned for January 20 and 21, 2024

During this work, the southbound lanes are expected to be open between exits 18 and 17. The two southbound lanes are expected to close the following weekend (January 20-21) to remove the remainder of the Brookside Road overpass, weather permitting. Further details will be provided when the dates are confirmed.

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