Drivers who will be traveling during the closing hours are encouraged to use the Northern State Parkway instead.

Weather permitting, the westbound HOV, left and center lanes of I-495 will be closed Thursday, May 4th from 10pm to 5am between Exit 43 (South Oyster Bay Road) and Exit 42 (North State Parkway), according to the Department of Transportation.

In the meantime, the westbound Northern State Parkway will be offered as an alternate route.

Transportation officials said the closure was to facilitate bridge maintenance.

Drivers are encouraged to plan accordingly and drive responsibly in work zones, noting that fines for speeding in work zones are doubled.

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