Southern State Parkway closed Thursday, Friday nights

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The Southern State Parkway in Hempstead Town will be closed Thursday and Friday overnight for bridge renovations, the state Department of Transportation said.

Scaffolding will be erected at the Corona Avenue and Franklin Avenue bridges on the parkway so workers can replace the bridge parapet walls, officials said.

From Thursday midnight to 2 a.m. Friday, two of the four eastbound lanes will be shut down between Exit 14 North Fletcher Avenue and Exit 16 Franklin Avenue, the DOT said.

Three out of four lanes will be closed until 6 a.m., the state said.

From 11:30 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday, two out of four westbound lanes will be closed between Exit 17 Hempstead Avenue and Exit 15 Corona Avenue, officials said.

Then three out of four lanes will be closed until 5 a.m. Saturday, the state said.

The work on the aging concrete arches will help the bridges last longer and maintain the safety of the 175,000 passenger vehicles that use this section of the parkway each day, transportation officials said.

Drivers should use alternate routes such as Sunrise Highway, officials said, warning that the closures could be postponed if the weather is bad.

For real-time travel information, call 511 or go to, New York State's official traffic and travel information site. Motorists may also get travel information at and on mobile devices at

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State officials reminded drivers of the law that requires motorists to move over one lane away from emergency vehicles and construction vehicles with amber, red, white or blue flashing lights or at least slow down when approaching them.

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