When will it end?
That question, at one time or another, has probably crossed the mind of anybody who has had to drive through the mile-long, claustrophobia-inducing construction zone on Route 59 in West Nyack during the past three years.
At its busiest times, it can easily take 20 to 30 minutes to get from one end to the other in the single lane open in each direction. Weekends, especially Sundays, can be slow-going as thousands, many from New Jersey, descend upon the Palisades Center.
The good news for drivers is the $31 million major infrastructure project is almost done. The bad news for taxpayers is the project is $2 million over budget.
The official completion date is Oct. 31 — the trick or treat headline almost writes itself — and the state Department of Transportation said there’s a good chance it could wrap up even sooner.
“We are confident that we will be finishing up a week or two earlier,” DOT spokeswoman Susan Stepp said. “We did make up a little bit of time there with the mild winter.”