The state Department of Transportation is warning of major traffic delays near downtown Albany for the next three weekends because of construction work on the busy Patroon Island Bridge.
The delays on the bridge that carries Interstate 90 over the Hudson River between Albany and Rensselaer counties are due to lane closures, part of a $145 million rehabilitation of the bridge.
The work will also involve closing parts of the interchanges with Interstate 787.
DOT spokeswoman Carol Breen said motorists should expect “heavy traffic delays for the next three weekends — every weekend in July. We want people to avoid the area if possible.”
The lane closures will begin at 8 p.m. Fridays and continue through 5:30 a.m. Mondays. This weekend, the eastbound side of the bridge will be completely closed to traffic, with the westbound side used to handle all traffic. Ramp closures from I-787 onto and off the bridge will begin at 6 p.m. Friday.
Suggested detours include the Dunn Memorial Bridge carrying Routes 9 and 20, the Troy-Menands Bridge carrying Route 378, or the Berkshire Spur of the state Thruway.
The lane closures are needed so that the concrete bridge deck can be replaced.