The next six weekends will be full of headaches for people trying to get around the Albany Area. From I-87 (the Northway) to the overflow of traffic on Route 9, we all have to expect that it will take us a little longer to get around. Construction begins Friday, September 7, 2012 at 10pm on the Twin Bridges (Thaddeus Kosciusko bridges on Interstate 87 over the Mohawk River).

Wondering what's going on?  Here's a the statement from the New York State Department of Transportation.

"While the weekend lane closures are in place, traffic heading north will be crossed over onto the southbound bridge. The southbound bridge will carry one lane of traffic heading southbound and one lane of traffic heading northbound. Weekend traffic delays are expected to be significant. It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through this bridge construction zone.

Lane closures will not occur during the weekdays, in order to avoid negatively impacting the heavily congested morning and afternoon commuting hours. Lane closures will not be in place during Columbus Day weekend.

Traffic on Route 9, the parallel route carrying traffic over the Mohawk River, is expected to increase significantly during the weekend bridge closures. Motorists are strongly encouraged to take alternate routes for crossing the Mohawk, such as the bridge carrying Route 32 over the river between Cohoes and Waterford, or the Rexford Bridge carrying Route 146 between Niskayuna and Clifton Park."

Construction will continue through the last weekend in October, with the exception of Columbus Day Weekend.