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TRAFFIC ALERT: SOUTHBOUND THRUWAY (I-87/I-287) IN ROCKLAND COUNTY TO FULLY CLOSE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING, SEPT. 9, FOR AT LEAST 16 HOURS TO FACILITATE EMERGENCY BRIDGE REPAIRS

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The New York State Police and the New York State Thruway Authority today announced that the southbound lanes of the Thruway (I-87/1-287) from exit 12 in West Nyack to exit 9 in Tarrytown, including the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (Tappan Zee Bridge) in Rockland County will fully shut down to traffic early Saturday morning to safely remove a severely damaged portion of the South Broadway overpass in South Nyack, which was struck by an over height tractor trailer on August 31.

The overpass is currently closed to vehicle traffic. Following multiple inspections this week, Thruway and consulting engineers determined that two damaged girders should be removed and other work completed to stabilize the overpass.

All southbound lanes south of exit 12 (West Nyack – NY Route 303 – Palisades Center Drive) and over the GMMCB will be closed after 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, and are not expected to fully reopen until later that afternoon or early evening depending on the operation.

Motorists are strongly advised to avoid the area beginning Friday night and take alternate routes on Saturday.

The southbound lanes will reopen after Thruway engineers determine the overpass is safe.

Variable Message Signs on the Thruway and surrounding highways are advising motorists to avoid the area.

Here’s what motorists and residents should expect starting Friday night:

At 8 p.m. Friday, one southbound lane near exit 10 (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W) will be closed, leaving three travel lanes.

At 11 p.m. Friday, three southbound lanes near exit 10 will be closed, leaving only one travel lane open. Traffic delays will be significant.

After 11 p.m. Friday, the entrance ramps to the southbound Thruway at exits 10, 11 (Nyack), 12 and 13 (Palisades Interstate Parkway) will begin to close.

After 12:01 a.m. Saturday, all southbound lanes will be closed and all traffic will be diverted to exit 12 in West Nyack.

All day Saturday – work will continue on the overpass and highway below followed by the cleanup.

Travel lanes will open as soon as safely possible.
Travel lanes in the northbound direction will remain open throughout the work; the northbound left lane near the work zone will be closed.

The Authority is working with state, county and local authorities on this operation, which will take place rain or shine. Info via New York State Police

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Rockland Green Paper Shredding Event on March 16th in Suffern

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Rockland Green’s next shredding event is Saturday, March 16 at the Spook Rock Pool, 171 Spook Rock Road in Suffern, followed by one on Saturday, March 23 at Germonds Park, 165 Germonds Road in West Nyack. Both events run from 8 a.m. to noon. This event is open to all Rockland County residents. See flyer below for additional details.

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“Reviving & Rebuilding Rockland One Grant At a Time” By Rockland County Executive Ed Day

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Here in County Government, we are always working to improve the lives of everyone who calls beautiful Rockland home. For this reason, the moment my administration received $63 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds we capitalized on the opportunity to help Rocklanders who struggled significantly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants we’ve distributed so far include:

Awarded over $1,3000,000 to small businesses.

Awarded $400,000.00 in non-profit rescue grants.

Awarded over $450,000.00 to restaurants.

Awarded $7,000,000.00 in Urban Green Space grants.

But that’s not all. We utilized the funding to a variety of beneficial community programs including the Youth Bureau TEEN Works program and the Spring Valley Youth Police Initiative, completed the Rockland Riverway Feasibility Study- 26-mile path from Palisades to Stony Point, and granted $1.5 million to acquire land for workforce housing.

But as I’ve said time and time again, we will make sure every single penny that we received will be utilized to help our families and as such I am proud to announce our newest grant program that will utilize $500,000 of ARPA funds to further support our nonprofits.

To combat the rates of food insecurity in Rockland County, which have dramatically increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the $500,000 of ARPA funds will be used to establish the Food Security Equipment Reimbursement Grant which aims to provide reimbursement funds to organizations for pantry related equipment expenses that encourage capacity building by increasing and improving the services pantries provide to their communities. This capacity building will ultimately cultivate a more resilient network of food pantries, which can improve their ability to weather future public health emergencies.

Individual reimbursement grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to select organizations who meet the eligibility requirements for expenses including but not limited to:

Freezers

Refrigerators

Shelving

Insulated Storage Sheds

Lift-gates

Forklifts

Pallet Jacks

Hand Carts

Tents

Tables

Outdoor Heaters

Pantry-Related Software

Awarded organizations may be reimbursed for funds used for eligible equipment expenses incurred beginning January 1, 2024, and until the application submission period closes on May 31, 2024.

When our hardworking families endure a new level of strain these organizations always step up to help and we are honored to reciprocate that level of care and consideration to our heroic nonprofits.

We encourage nonprofits interested to contact our ARPA Department at [email protected] or 845-364-2027.

* This is a weekly column by Rockland County Executive Ed Day

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