Throwback Thursday and More Random Photos

There are 1200 feet between the main span towers now being built - sans snow/NYSTA

There are 1200 feet between the main span towers now being built – sans snow/NYSTA

Here’s one way to have fun with snow piles, and right in your own backyard/lot.

No one knew if those helicopters above were decoys or the real deal./ © J Rosman 2014

No one knew if those helicopters above were decoys or the real deal./ © J Rosman 2014

We kept looking at the sky each time we heard propellers; then POTUS arrived.

Met these cheerful fellows while driving through Lyndhurst’s grounds / © J Rosman 2015

Met these cheerful fellows while driving through Lyndhurst’s grounds / © J Rosman 2015

Did you see them along the walking path last fall? It’s an annual festive event.

Figured out this directs traffic when pointed in the other direction/ © J Rosman 2015

Figured out this directs traffic when pointed in the other direction/ © J Rosman 2015

Not too cold this week, right? Here’s where the temps were this time last year.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

New This Month: Main Span Tower Crossbeams

These four ginormous crossbeams will connect the new bridge's main span towers/NYSTA

These four ginormous crossbeams will connect the new bridge’s main span towers/NYSTA

February is one month closer to summer and also starts prep for installing four precast crossbeams that will connect the main span towers and support the road deck (what we’ll drive on).

Here's where the crossbeams will be placed/NYSTA

Here’s where the crossbeams will be placed/NYSTA

They’re enormous, we hear, at 26 feet high and 16 feet-six inches wide, and are different widths: the eastbound span’s crossbeams are 60 feet long, and the westbound span’s are 70 feet long. Do you know why? All together now: the shared use path adds the extra width.

Credit Coastal Precast Systems (CPS) in Chesapeake, Virginia, for fabricating the 645-ton eastbound crossbeams and the 742-ton crossbeams, which came north via a floating barge. Two weeks ago — and days before Winter Storm Jonas — Weather.com reported the western side of Chesapeake Bay was one of three areas “of particular concern.”

They got here safely.

Soon the I Lift NY will get another workout setting the beams — held in place by temporary steelwork to hold them in place while crews connect them — between the main span towers.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Something Besides a Groundhog Predicts Spring

These new tables and chairs are clear indicators that spring will be arriving soon/NYSTA

These new tables and chairs are clear indicators that spring will be arriving soon/NYSTA

Which do you think is a more accurate prediction of when spring will arrive: a furry animal that looks scared/agitated/amused or the new tables and chairs — that speak of summer and warm weather — at the Tarrytown viewing area?

OK, so the new furniture has nothing to do with predictions. It was a reach.

Architect Pat Jones, co-chair of Friends of the RiverWalk Park, told me the 501(c)(3) applied for and received a $60,000 grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts acting for another charity. In addition to the six tables at various places along RiverWalk are five new dog stations with plastic bags (in case you forget yours at home). Jones said another view scope (monoular) will be added by the fishing pier.

The group is rethinking waterfront property in the village since it received the grant, Jones said. In the meantime, check out the new furniture (are the holes in the tables for beach umbrellas?), enjoy the view and think spring!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Overnight Closures This Week: Exits 10 and 11 Southbound On-ramps, and Southbound Lanes

This week project crews see how the electronic toll system gets along with traffic/NYSTA

This week project crews see how the electronic toll system gets along with traffic/NYSTA

Last July I wrote about the system that would be taking our money electronically by now. Things happen. It’s being tested and will be ready for use this spring.

As a result, Exit 10 (South Nyack) and Exit 11 (Nyack) southbound on-ramps will be closed Wednesday through Sunday nights. Your best bet is to use the Exit 12 southbound ramp on Route 303 in West Nyack; check detour signs.

It also means lane southbound lane closures overnight this week.

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For details and other project information click here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

New Technology: Yes for the Bridge, No in my Car

Strikingly beautiful sunset greets riders one February evening last year/ © J Rosman 2015

Strikingly beautiful sunset greets riders one February evening last year/ © J Rosman 2015

Tuesday night I went to a Board of Education meeting and heard the principal of one elementary school talk about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) learning exercises for five-year-olds.

When they grow up and start to drive they’ll appreciate the new technology in cars. I don’t and am looking for one whose dashboard will neither outshine the highway lights (tonight there were no lights in some places, only reflectors) nor blind me. Yes, yes, there’s the dashboard rheostat.

They may want to know more about the new bridge’s LED lighting — 2,700 color lights that can be programmed remotely for variable shades and 500 white lights — from Philips Lighting, the same company that brightens Madison Square Garden.

Philips said the awesome new system, the first of its kind in the industry, will combine roadway and architectural lighting and is estimated to be 75 percent more energy-efficient than traditional lighting.

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The odometer said eight miles when I picked it up in early August 1998. Nearing 133,000 miles, this is a terrific car.

I learned how to back up using mirrors and to get from A to B looking at street signs and asking people for directions. I know which radio buttons are set to which stations. While I appreciate technology and how it makes life easier, I don’t understand why all cars must have Bluetooth technology. Even before New York State’s 2001 law banned hand-held cell phones while driving, I found it distracting to do both.

In fact it is distracted driving.

My first car had an AM-only radio and leaky window sealant. It cost $5 to fill, which I did once a week on the way to community college. My second turned out to be a lemon bought from a school district superintendent so long ago that people might not remember. I won’t reveal it in case someone does know him. That car was a clunker!

My third car had lumbar support that wasn’t meant for the model, an added benefit. Eleven years later I sold it and got my fourth car. None had Bluetooth technology or a camera for backing up or an illuminated radio on the dashboard.

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Kids learning about STEAM will love the newest technology in cars when they start driving. Maybe one will engineer an “older model” dashboard for people like me.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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