Weekend Boat Show; New Boater Safety Law

‘Tis the season . . . for barges. Remember last year, October’s boater safety roundtable? And project officials’ comment that there will be more machinery than water between the two counties? It’s urgently important to boat safely and responsibly, and to know what to do in case of an emergency.

The Hudson Valley Marine Trades Association boat show is this weekend at the Westerly Marina. I’ll be there Sunday walking around, so please come say hello.

safe boating

Reminder: next week (May 1), anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, must complete an eight-hour boating safety course before operating a mechanically-propelled vessel in the state’s navigable waters. Those born before May 1, 1996, are exempt.

Three sources confirmed that I can operate a boat (I don’t have one; just saying) on the Hudson River without a boating license — because there is no such certificate or license. However, if I DID own a boat, I would have to register it with NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, and any boating accident/incident I cause would be affixed to my NYS driver’s license.

Certificates can be obtained, and the safety course completed, with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation, U.S. Power Squadrons, or the U.S. Coast Guard. Safe boating. Safe boating — especially now that the project is full speed ahead.

The Coast Guard's recently-expanded RNA encompasses these 16 construction barge mooring locations.

The Coast Guard’s recently-expanded RNA encompasses these 16 construction barge mooring locations.

In response, the Coast Guard expanded the Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) to 500 yards north and 500 yards south of the span. See details in the updated Local Notice to Mariners. Since October, temporary navigational lights marked the 600 foot-wide main channel, and while temporary and permanent piles are illuminated at night, activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL.

The Coast Guard boating safety information — excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

And as always, I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Transit Task Force: Two Months Later

Sensa huma is next to the funny bone, and is probably the most important bone in the body. Can’t live without it. Sensa huma is what gets us through.

bridge

It helps now as we wait for the governor to give direction.

“Who will take the initiative to make sure the recommendations will move forward?” State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (88th District) asked at the final transit meeting. State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald replied, “Our charge was to make recommendations. It’s up to the governor and the Thruway Authority to see what are the next steps.”

Meantime, how to carry them out, and pay for them, are on hold.

How long does it take to order, or special-order, buses? What if some munis don’t want bus rapid transit stops? Or if they don’t have land to spare? Which agency will oversee the project, and will it face penalties if the BRT system isn’t ready when the new bridge opens in 2018?

And then there were tolls. Several people commented when I suggested that trucks pay more on the new bridge. Here’s a fare chart for the Golden Gate Bridge.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Sounds of More Silence and Other Doings

When South Nyack talks, Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) listens.

Another noise monitor was recently installed near Terrace Drive, part of an environmental monitoring system per the Thruway Authority’s pledge to be open and transparent.

Sunset on the river illuminated from the fire sky/EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown

Sunset on the river illuminated from the fire sky/EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown

And the beat, er, work goes on.

The Rockland and Westchester temporary work trestles are coming along, and so is pile driving from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays; and from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. And remember that neat video shown at last month’s public meetings? You can see it here:

Lest you forget, here come this week’s lane closures on I-87/I-287:

• Monday, April 21, to Thursday, April 24 — southbound right lane near Exit 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Thursday, April 24 — northbound right land near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Friday, April 25 — northbound right lane near Exit 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Now approved, Coast Guard’s expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) is 500 yards north and 500 yards south of the span. See details in the updated Local Notice to Mariners. Since October, temporary navigational lights marked the 600 foot-wide main channel, and while temporary and permanent piles are illuminated at night, activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL.

The Coast Guard boating safety information — excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

 

Good Friday . . . and the Clock is Ticking

Ribbon-cutting is a mere four years minus two weeks from now.

January 18 marked one year since Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) went on the clock. Stay tuned for more about the I Lift NY, due here soon. And remember to check the Coast Guard expanded RNA.

calvin and hobbes

Quiz: How many piles will be installed to support the new bridge? Hint: They’d stretch from Tarrytown to Highland, NY, or to Neptune Township, NJ. See here for the answer.

Wishing those who celebrate a blessed Easter.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

April Showers Bring Snow, When the Temperature Drops Unexpectedly

April Showers Bring Snowshowers When the Temperature Drops Unexpectedly

Surprise! A peek at the EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown shows snowy treetops in the wee hours of post-tax-deadline-day. Stay safe, everyone!

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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