Experts are warning New Yorkers it will take you about 70 percent longer to travel on the New York State Thruway. Construction is NOT to blame.

If you've driven across the New York State Thruway recently, you probably noticed construction.

Paving Project In Orange County, New York

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This week, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a $36.6 million pavement improvement project on the Thruway (I-87) in Orange County.

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The work will cover 12 miles of I-87. Starting just north of exit 16 (Harriman - US Route 6 - NY Route 17) in Woodbury to exit 17 (Newburgh - Scranton - I-84 - NY Routes 17K & 300) in Newburgh.

Drivers are told to expect weeknight "lane closures," "traffic shifts" and "stoppages" on I-87.

Nearly 70% Longer Travel Time On New York State Thruway For Memorial Day Weekend

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However, that isn't why travel is expected to be a nightmare this weekend on the New York State Thruway.

AAA believes it will take 64 percent longer to drive during peak times on the New York State Thruway.

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Traffic Nightmare Expected On New York State Thruway, New York City, Hudson Valley, Albany

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Peak congestion is expected on the New York State Thruway from New York City through the Hudson Valley to Albany.

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AAA also expects 2.8 million New Yorkers to hit the road for the upcoming holiday weekend, that's a new record.

The agency predicts 43.8 million people will travel 50 miles or more during the Memorial Day weekend, that's just below a record set in 2005.

Best & Worst Times To Drive In New York For Memorial Day Weekend

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Below are the best and worst times to drive in New York State during the upcoming long holiday weekend.

Best & Worst Times To Drive In New York For Memorial Day Weekend

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