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Will the construction on 287 ever be completed ? 


 One Lane Ramp connecting 87 North to 287 West just before the Tappan Zee Bridge.  This has been a great inconvenience to all of us and in my opinion this situation has been going on for entirely too long.  I feel that the construction workers can widen it just a bit more and make it 2 thin lanes.

 After sending an inquiry to the people running the I 8 construction project their response was

Dear Mr. Ianni:

Thank you for your interest in the Interchange 8 Reconstruction Project, and for your e-mail regarding the ramp linking I-87 northbound with I-287 westbound.

Prior to the Project's commencement, the I-87/I-287 merge was examined for how it would accommodate project work taking place in and around the interchange, and how it would support traffic capacities through the corridor, in a safe and fluid manner.  In actuality, this merge began as just one lane, but has been adjusted to handle traffic more efficiently in
this interim configuration.

Work in that area has been scheduled in stages, with lane capacities through the merge to follow suit.  After considerable study, it was decided that, on an interim basis, the merge could operate safely with traffic tapering to one lane, and opening to two, toward the end of the Project (or fall, 2003). As it is, there is currently, just enough room now, to fit three lanes on the section of roadway that was just recently built, immediately north of
the merge.

I am advised that the principal reason this merge cannot expand to two lanes now is that given the work taking place in that area currently, there is simply not the room, especially considering the lane shifts that would have been required.  In addition, the project specifies this interim configuration in its plans.

As a point of information, the area between Exit 8 and the Toll Plaza will be widened on each side from three lanes, adding a fourth auxiliary lane, by fall of 2003.  This fourth auxiliary lane will ensure greater mobility through the I-87/I-287 merge, and ultimately serve to ease traffic congestion through this heavily traveled corridor.

I hope this has been responsive to your concerns.  Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Once again, thank you for your interest in the Interchange 8 Reconstruction Project.


Gregory C. Kisloff
Community Liaison
Interchange 8 Reconstruction Project


 For weekly construction updates on Interchange 8 (287 / 87 near the Westchester side of the Tappan Zee Bridge) call 1-877-ABOUT-I 8 (1-877-226-8848)

 Scheduled completion date – August 2003

 For more information regarding this project go to http://www.about-i8.com

When will McLean Avenue and Yonkers Avenue's be back to normal near Interstate 87 ?

I-87 Bridge Reconstruction Project

The reason for the lane closures on McLean Avenue and Yonkers Avenue near Interstate 87 is because of the I 87 Bridge Reconstruction Project which is scheduled for completion in November 2003.   

Expect single lane closures in the northbound and in the southbound direction of Interstate 87, during daytime, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and during nighttime, double lane closures can be expected from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am, the following morning. 

We have requested more information about this project in regards to McLean Avenue and Yonkers Avenue lane closures due to the project. 

After sending an inquiry to the people running the I 87 bridge re-construction project their response was:


Yonkers Ave currently has 2 lanes Westbound and 1 Lane Eastbound. Traffic is expected to be restored to normal (3 lanes each direction) sometime in October


McLean Ave currently has 1 lane in each direction.  Traffic is expected to be restored to normal sometime in November.