ALBANY (AP) - They've felt the public's pain firsthand, so now New York state officials are doing something about it.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the Department of Transportation will halt the weekend work on the Thaddeus Kosciuszko (kus-CHOOS'-koh) Bridge at noon on Sundays instead of 5 a.m. on Mondays, as has been done the past two weeks.
The bridge carries Interstate 87, the Adirondack Northway, over the Mohawk River north of Albany. During the weekend repair work, the highway's six-lanes are reduced to two. That has caused extensive delays on the Northway and nearby Route 9.
The Times Union of Albany reports (http://bit.ly/NUej5a) that the changes come just days after some state officials experienced those traffic delays during a trip to the Adirondacks last weekend to join Cuomo for an outing promoting a recent land purchase.