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Sturgeon Monitors Installed This Week

Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC began placing acoustic receivers near the construction zone to locate endangered Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon that have been tagged by other researchers.

Data from the Sturgeon Acoustic Telemetry Monitoring Plan, developed by fisheries scientists to monitor the movement of sturgeon through the construction zone, will be sent to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Dredging will be restricted to three months, from August 1 to November 1, and bubble curtains will be used to protect these species.

The state DEC issued revised draft permits conditions since the chosen design required less environmental impact regarding pile driving, dredging and threats to fish. The NYS DEC Final Permit, issued March 25, 2013, is posted on the New NY Bridge website.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

It’s Official – TZC is Here!

“I am pleased to welcome Tappan Zee Constructors to the Village of Tarrytown,” village mayor Drew Fixell said in a press release yesterday.  “TZC has been preparing carefully for the launch of the staging area at Hudson Harbor that will be the base of operations for much of the construction activity for the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge.”

In answer to one pressing question, Fixell said, “Village officials have been working closely with TZC and the Thruway Authority to assure that activities relating to the building of the new bridge continue with least imposition on the village, and to allow TZC to finish the work on their aggressive schedule.”

The design-build team leased space at Hudson Harbor, where it will continue management of daily project activities. Additionally, “Westchester-based construction staff will be ferried to work sites from an adjoining pier in Sleepy Hollow,” the release said, “and no heavy equipment or building materials will be located at Hudson Harbor, or taken to work sites from the shore in this area.”

Direct comments and questions regarding this statement to David Aukland, Tarrytown’s liaison for the bridge replacement project, at daukland@tarrytowngov.com.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

No New Toll Booth in South Nyack

Fisheye Thruway and TZB/Courtesy of Spence Rosman

Fisheye Thruway and TZB/Courtesy of Spence Rosman

Rockland County residents will be happy to learn the Tappan Zee Bridge toll plaza will remain in Tarrytown and will not be relocated to South Nyack.

Days earlier, News 12 Westchester reported, “During construction, the toll plaza will be moved from its current spot in Tarrytown to South Nyack.”

The words “toll plaza” are misleading.

“We have heard South Nyack’s concerns about the future of Interchange 10, and after working with them and considering all options, we have agreed a temporary All-Electronic Toll Gantry will be placed there during construction,” special project advisor Brian Conybeare said in April.

This overhead archway, much like a highway sign structure that holds E-ZPass® tag readers, will be installed at Exit 10. Motorists who do not have E-ZPass® tags need not feel left out; cameras will take pictures of license plates and mail each driver a bill for the toll fee.

In a letter to Village of South Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian, dated June 13, 2013, Project Director Peter Sanderson wrote, “The design-build contract with Tappan Zee Constructors LLC includes the erection of a temporary overhead gantry to support electronic toll collection at Interchange 10.”

There will be no toll booths or stopping/starting vehicles, Sanderson wrote, and the Thruway will neither be widened, nor will additional lanes be added.

“Upon completion of the new bridge with its permanent toll facilities in Tarrytown, the temporary gantry with toll equipment will be removed from Interchange 10,” he wrote.

Conybeare and Sanderson said the work is consistent with the public environmental review process and the design-build contract documents.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

Today’s Updates from the New NY Bridge

“Two large barge-mounted cranes that will be used to place permanent piles for the substructure of the New NY Bridge Project will arrive throughout the next two weeks,” a June 14 press release said.  “Upon arrival, crews will start to assemble each crane and moor them until the test pile operations begin in mid-July. The cranes will be moored on the north side of the bridge closer to the Rockland County side of the Hudson River.”

My silent question was answered in the next sentence:

“Neither of these cranes is the Left Coast Lifter, which is set to arrive late this year.”

Additionally:

“Work will also begin next week on the New York State Thruway Authority’s Rockland bulkhead area located on River Road in South Nyack. Work includes clearing of the site and construction of a larger bulkhead that will be used for staging of equipment.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

Getting Ready

Only the Coast Guard, state police or local marine police units have enforcement powers on the river, where warning signs will be placed.

Scott Croft, vice president, Hudson River Boat & Yacht Club Association, Inc., understands boating activities will be limited.

“The river is a navigable waterway and has to stay open, and commercial boats need safe passage,” Croft said. “The (U.S.) Coast Guard usually sends advanced local notices to mariners, advising restrictions.”

Since September 11, 2001, boats are no longer permitted to anchor near the Tappan Zee Bridge. “We know it (bridge) needs to be replaced, and boaters will need to be vigilant and on the lookout,” Croft said.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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