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

Expanded Coast Guard RNA is in Effect

Five hundred is the new number.

new RNA safety zone

Now approved, Coast Guard’s expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) is 500 yards north and 500 yards south of the span, Charles Rowe, Sector New York Public Affairs Office, said via email today. See details in the updated Local Notice to Mariners.

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.

The above map was developed from the January 14, 2014, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for the bridge replacement project.

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

Double Trucks’ Fares on the New NY Bridge

Instead of discounting trucks that will cross the new bridge between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., I suggest they pay double fares from the get go. How will allowing trucks a free ride ease traffic if there’s an accident at 4:30 a.m., or at any hour?

June 2011 Thruway accident details and photo credit: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/gallery?id=8187201&photo=1

June 2011 Thruway accident details and photo credit: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/gallery?id=8187201&photo=1

Nyack resident Michael Bookman claims, “Fewer trucks on the highways and bridges during the day means reduced congestion, which means reduced emissions and people getting to work faster, which means increased economic productivity.”

Not if they’re speeding. Some do, and at way more than 65 miles per hour. While Thruway speed limit is that north of here, we’re talking about Westchester and Rockland Counties. Connected by the Tappan Zee Bridge. In sometimes-hazardous conditions due to weather.

How many times have you been on I-287 in the fast lane, and a truck speeds past you in the middle lane? C’mon. It happens, often.

Per the Thruway Fact Book: “The Thruway is a vital commercial link for New York’s largest cities and for the entire Northeast. About one-third of all vehicles using the Thruway are from out of state.”

AND

“The Thruway is strictly a user-supported System. Only those who travel the Thruway pay for it. The Thruway Authority receives no State tax dollars and is therefore dependent on toll revenues to operate, maintain and police its roads and bridges. These revenues also allow the Thruway Authority to provide a superior level of maintenance with its Snow-And-Ice Control Program.”

It’s not new news. The state needs to find alternate sources of revenue (translated: new money) to pay for this bridge. I’ve attended the past year’s Mass Transit Task Force meetings (open to the public) and heard nothing about commercial vehicles using the bridge.

“In Westchester County, the Thruway connects the Connecticut Turnpike at the terminus of its New England Section (I-95) in Port Chester. In Rockland County, Interstate 287 near Suffern connects with major highways in New Jersey, including the Garden State Parkway at the New Jersey-New York line in Chestnut Ridge (although no trucks are allowed on the GSP in NJ).”

No free rides for trucks. Especially for out-of-state trucks.

I’m glad Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested giving local residents a fare break, whether or not they commute daily. And while the 45% toll hike for trucks won’t happen on the 570-mile Thruway, I feel commercial vehicles deserve to pay more – at least on the new bridge.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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