Constant Presence in the Water

Tarrytown: partial view of bridge, river and familiar floating machinery/© J Rosman 2013

Tarrytown: partial view of bridge, river and familiar floating machinery/© J Rosman 2013

Walking to my car earlier this week, I stopped and turned to look at the bridge. My partial view included trees and several pieces of construction equipment, and I moved so that the trees blocked the machinery nearest to me.

Just because.

Although blocked from my vision, by my choice, for those few minutes, the apparatus is unmistakably present.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners — excerpted and in its entirety each week under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website — warned, “Numerous units of floating construction equipment will be operating in waterway north of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge.”

Activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL.

“Equipment will include crew boats, tugboats, barge mounted cranes and barges. Work to construct an access trestle and cofferdams north of the Tappan Zee Bridge extending 1,040 feet west from the Westchester shoreline will continue through November 2013,” the Notice said.

Dredging of access channels east and west of the main channel that began on August 1 will continue through October 2013, with floating equipment located east and west of the Main Navigation channel. Other ongoing work includes a pile load test program scheduled to continue through November 2013, and construction of a second trestle near the Rockland shoreline.

“Floating equipment necessary for portions of this phase (dredging and pile load test program) include barge mounted cranes, material barges, work boats, and tugboats that will occupy the channels, east and west and adjacent to the main navigation channel,” the Notice said, indicating the four equipment moorings near the Rockland shoreline.

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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