New Time-lapse Video of the Past Three Years

I Lift NY

Governor Cuomo’s favorite crane helped build the bridge halfway to completion this summer and is featured in a new video of the project’s progress to date:

Cool video. Check it out.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Pretty Soon We’ll be Driving on One of the Spans

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Photo above courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority. I wonder what the man by the river in the photo below was thinking as he stared across its span.

As I wrote in an earlier blog post, dad would have been fascinated by the project and would have asked the same questions mom did.

Courtesy of the Westchester County Archives

Courtesy of the Westchester County Archives

My blog includes memories like these of our family, trips and crossing the bridge.

Mom and dad told us the bridge went towards the water, and our kid imagination went wild. We were sure we’d drive right into the Hudson River. So the first time we were on the bridge, at that crucial “going to get soaked” point, mom told us the bridge doesn’t really go into the water.

Today is two and one-half years since I got that terrible phone call. Some people tell me I’ll eventually stop counting time, and others tell me certain dates will always have significance. Wherever you are, dad, I love you and miss you very much . . . and I wish you were here to tell me the bridge went towards the water.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Throwback Thursday: at the Outreach Centers

What would you like to know?/New NY Bridge Outreach

What would you like to know?/New NY Bridge Outreach

Everyone has questions about the new bridge that is scheduled to open in 2018.

“When will the new bridge be finished?” “How many lanes will it have?” “What will happen to the old bridge?” are most often-asked questions at Thruway Authority’s Community Outreach Centers, which opened February 2013 in Westchester and Rockland to engage the public and promote the project.

While the Westchester site got off to a slow start in its 303 S. Broadway (Tarrytown) office park setting, project officials noted a whopping 62 percent increase in foot traffic after it relocated to 2 N. Broadway.

They reported 458 visitors at the new location between May 1 (opening date) and July 16 — nearly two-thirds of Westchester’s 738 recorded total visits; the Rockland site at 142 Main St. in Nyack drew 1,840 people since day one.

Maddy Heller at Nyack Center/© Janie Rosman 2014

Maddy Heller at Nyack Center/© Janie Rosman 2014

“The move to the new location in downtown Tarrytown has helped more people become actively engaged in learning about this historic project,” special project advisor Brian Conybeare affirmed. “We welcome the increased interest in the Westchester Outreach Center and encourage everyone to stop by to and ask questions.”

Mention the bridge, and a knee-jerk reaction is a comment about tolls. “I heard they’re going to $15,” Stuart Bailey commented. “I work in Rockland, and I can’t see paying that much every day.”

Both Centers are open seven days a week, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to accommodate various schedules. Each has current newsletters and information, including the new safety zone and an expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA), a large-screen computer for viewing the project website, and models of the new bridge and the I Lift NY super crane.

Its five interns, on rotating shifts, and five full-time employees aim to educate and inform. During the past months, outreach staff has been dispensing information about boater safety to marinas and boat clubs in Westchester and Rockland.

Have questions? Bring them here/New NY Bridge Outreach

Have questions? Bring them here/New NY Bridge Outreach

Tarrytown resident Pamela Bennett Louis plans to stop by in the near future. “I haven’t followed the project other than knowing first-hand about bridge traffic,” she said. Louis would like to learn more “about a project that so directly affects our town. Perhaps some basic knowledge about the bridge construction will help us to intelligently follow its progress.”

While the staff is well-versed in project details, sometimes an answer isn’t readily available — yet no question goes without reply. Whoever is at the center that day will take the visitor’s name and number, consult with project officials, and call the person requesting the information within 24 hours.

Answers to questions most often asked are: the new twin-span bridge will be completed by 2018, with eight traffic lanes (four in each direction); the current bridge will be taken apart in segments, as it was built. The 6’ and 4’ pilings that catch your eye are the same ones used for the new bridge’s foundation.

One of several places to pose/New NY Bridge Outreach

One of several places to pose/New NY Bridge Outreach

Places for photo ops are in front of the colorful K’NEX model or the LEGO® bridge at the 2 North Broadway office or at the I Lift NY super crane. Community Outreach is about making connections with schools, civic organizations, business groups, museums, colleges and universities, and project officials said a sizeable number of requests for presentations led to such associations.

If you’d like the Outreach Team to talk with your group or school, click “Contact Us” on the http://www.newnybridge.com/ website.

My article originally appeared in The Hudson Independent September 2014.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

And So It Begins . . . Seasonal Calendar Crunching

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Arriving before Labor Day . . . taking up needed space in the supermarket aisle . . . it’s annual, it’s fattening, it’s Halloween candy!

Nothing says fall is coming like shelves and displays of treat-or-treat-specific candy. Unlike the usual goodies in supermarkets, this is must-buy candy and so marketed because — let’s face it — it’s for Halloween.

Bridge at Nyack Outreach Center/NNYB

Bridge at Nyack Outreach Center/NNYB

New NY Bridge project officials have their own way of celebrating this unofficial holiday. Approaching their fourth Halloween, they’ve a challenge: what will they create this year?

This time last year crews began working on the towers, and last summer (June 2015) the first road deck panels* were placed (spoiler alert: *blog post contains a Halloween bridge).

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer — it ends September 22 — as October 31, and more NNYB Halloween fun, are nearing.

Someone Tweeted about seeing Christmas cards in stores. Why not jump ahead a few months to early 2017, when one span of the new bridge will open? Wait, first comes Halloween.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Photos of Shared Use Path Landing in South Nyack

SUP landingI

While we’re navigating the distance between the Rockland* approach — can it be called an approach if we’re driving from the bridge? — and Exit 10 the shared use path landing is materializing behind the barriers and equipment. In the photo above we can see the new path’s outline, and below workers build its foundations.

SUP landing

Photos courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority. I vertically cropped the first one, which you can see here. The clouds look like cotton candy.

To those drivers in the left lane who zigzag across the highway — a few times in front of my car — to exit in South Nyack, here’s a hint. Exit 10 comes after Exit 9, which is on the other side of the bridge. You have three miles to safely change lanes.

*meaning land since the border between Rockland and Westchester is in the river

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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