The new Northern State Parkway eastbound bridge over Route 110 is now open months ahead of schedule, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.
The westbound bridge over Route 110 was opened to motorists on Oct. 5.
The roadwork is part of a $55.7 million improvement project than began earlier this year to replace the Northern State Parkway overpass, as well as its entrance and exit ramps. The project will also widen Route 110 to lessen congestion on the busy roadway.
Drivers using the Northern State will no longer need to use the temporary bridge over Route 110 which was built to minimize the impact of this major construction work on the approximately 120,000 motorists who use the interchange daily. The temporary bridge virtually eliminated the need for long term lane closures on the Northern State, the DOT said.
The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
As construction on the remainder of the project continues, the DOT reminds motorists of the Move-Over Law that now includes all hazard vehicles with amber lights such as tow trucks and construction vehicles.
On parkways and other major highways with multiple lanes, drivers must move to a travel lane away from a vehicle displaying amber, red, white, or blue flashing lights, or slow down. Violators face moving violation fines and points on their drivers’ licenses. Drivers should also be aware that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.