Lane, Shoulder Closures as Rockland Trestle Work Begins

Today through Wednesday, work will begin on the second trestle, a 1,200-foot temporary work platform — one of two present during the five-year project — that will support a crane for construction of both the westernmost and easternmost parts of the new bridge.

Note: The photo above is not I-87/I-287 in Nyack, and is indicated for signage only.

Note: The photo above is not I-87/I-287 in Nyack, and is indicated for signage only.

Accordingly, one northbound (westbound) right lane and shoulder between the bridge and Exit 11 in Nyack will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while concrete barriers are installed between traffic and the construction areas.

Daytime pile driving is restricted — per the Final Environmental Impact Statement — to weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 12 noon to 7 p.m., and is not permitted at night or on Sundays. Impact pile driving, part of the ongoing test pile program, continues through October at various locations, and during these same hours.

Does it sound too loud? Residents can check the perimeter real-time noise, vibration and air quality monitors near Rockland and Westchester counties’ shorelines, installed as part of the project’s Environmental Performance Commitments (EPC).

Activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL.  Per the U.S. Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners, dated August 21:

“Numerous units of floating construction equipment will be operating in waterway north of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge,” the report — posted under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website — said.

The following was highlighted:

“When transiting the area mariners should stay clear of these locations by a minimum of 1000 feet. Mariners are advised to transit the main channel, reduce wake and use extreme caution while transiting the area in the vicinity of the Tappan Zee Bridge, paying particular attention to vessel movement and future notices.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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