Archive for September, 2013|Monthly archive page

Moving Ahead, One Process at a Time

Construction machinery near the westbound span of the Tappan Zee Bridge/Courtesy of Blair Johnson

Construction machinery near the westbound span of the Tappan Zee Bridge/Courtesy of Blair Johnson

Its creditworthiness review completed, the US Department of Transportation invited New York State to formally submit a TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) loan request for the New NY Bridge — another step forward for the estimated $3.9 billion project.

“We’re in constant contact with USDOT regarding a TIFIA loan for the New NY Bridge project,” Thruway Authority Director of Media Relations & Communications Dan Weiller said in a statement. “We’re making progress every day, and we are on track to receive significant TIFIA support.”

Project cost shares eligible for TIFIA coverage were previously limited to 33 percent, according to Federal Highway Administration spokeswoman Nancy Singer.  If the bridge replacement project is being advanced through the review process based on that percentage, then 33 percent of $3.9 billion is $1.287 billion.

For updates, please refer to the TIFIA website.

Earlier this month, the Thruway Authority borrowed $700 million to help with short-term financing for the project.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

Warnings, Time Frames, and a Diagram

The Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) — established September 15 by the U.S. Coast Guard for the navigable Hudson River waters surrounding the Tappan Zee Bridge — will be enforced until December 31, 2018. Comments and related material pertaining to the RNA will be accepted and reviewed by the Coast Guard through December 31, 2018.

The Coast Guard boating safety information — excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website.

Work on the Rockland access trestle and cofferdams north of the bridge, extending 1,040 feet west from the Westchester shoreline, continues through November 2013. Dredging continues through October 2013; the pile load test program is scheduled to continue through November 2013.

Note the four (4) equipment moorings on the west side of the navigation channel. 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.

mooring map

This map is part of the ACOE permit posted publicly on the New NY Bridge website:

http://www.newnybridge.com/documents/dec-permit/2013-04-25-usace-permit.pdf

The USCG Permit is also posted on the New NY Bridge website:

http://www.newnybridge.com/documents/dec-permit/2013-04-15-uscg-permit.pdf

Activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL. Can’t say it enough: Numerous units of floating construction equipment will be operating in waterway north of the existing bridge — including crew boats, tugboats, barge mounted cranes and barges.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

Two Counties, One River, Many (Transit) Options

Not happy with mass transit solutions presented several months earlier, our neighbors across the river held onto hope for a Tarrytown interchange at Friday’s transit task force meeting.

Westbound on the Tappan Zee Bridge, circa July 2008/Courtesy of Ian C. Ligget

Westbound on the Tappan Zee Bridge, circa July 2008/Courtesy of Ian C. Ligget

Rockland County said its commuters need to meet trains there, and County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef resuscitated the ramp idea rejected in August.

Tarrytown does not need a structure looping off the new bridge, traveling under it, and connecting to a road en route to Metro North. Save time, and avoid crowded Broadway, by reviving the bus transfer station idea: passengers bussed from Rockland would debark, and take an elevator to a new station — or platform stop — under the bridge.

Trent Lethco, AICP, principal at ARUP engineering, proposed two bus routes in Rockland County, and three in Westchester County, that would expand the TappanZEExpress service to White Plains Train Station. Either, or, and why not consider both?

One of the largest cities in Westchester County, White Plains is a hub for riders heading to New York City or to northern areas, and its revitalization presents opportunities.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign /Courtesy of Ian C. Ligget

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign /Courtesy of Ian C. Ligget

“We need to focus on mass transit in the I-287 corridor and a one-stop ride from Rockland to New York City,” former Westchester County Transportation Commissioner Larry Salley said in February. “We need to find innovative ways to finance whatever alternative is needed.”

And when ideas were presented, Rockland balked. For example, a bus route was proposed for Route 59 — try it, people may like it, was the message.

Let’s talk politics for a moment.

County executives’ seats in both counties are up for grabs in two months. Election outcomes will determine if the transit task force loses two or four members; hopefully the group can agree on, and submit, recommendations.

Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison stressed the importance of focusing tightly on a regional management system at the October meeting. If the committee concludes its year with — and makes recommendations based upon — that report, then the project will be in ARUP’s hands.

“We resolved the issues we were presented with,” Lethco said in June. “BRT isn’t always lines painted on the road.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

Regulated Navigation Area Enforced Near the Bridge

Updated safety information in the U.S. Coast Guard’s revised Notice to Mariners includes establishment of a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) 300 yards north and 200 yards south of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge.

All boaters are required to use the main channel, reduce wake and use extreme caution while transiting the area. If necessary, the Coast Guard in the future may temporarily prohibit all vessel traffic in the RNA for safety purposes.

Activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL. The Coast Guard boating safety information — excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website.

Utility work on River Road in South Nyack continues through November, and “will involve reducing the roadway to one lane during daytime hours,” per an update from the New NY Bridge. Temporary coverings during non-construction times will cause uneven surfaces for drivers and bicyclists; caution and slower speeds are advised.

Construction of the Rockland trestle includes daytime pile driving, and is restricted to weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, from 12 noon to 7 p.m., and is not allowed at night or on Sundays.

Scheduled closures for shoulder work on I-87/I-287 this week for utility location testing:

Monday, Sept. 23 — one southbound right-hand lane and shoulder between Exits 11 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 24 to Thursday, Sept. 26 — the northbound right-hand and shoulder lane between Exit 9 and the Tappan Zee Bridge, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 27 — one northbound right-hand lane and shoulder in the same location, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

And The Beat, er Work, Goes On

Utility work on River Road in South Nyack continues through November, and “will involve reducing the roadway to one lane during daytime hours,” per an update from the New NY Bridge. Temporary coverings during non-construction times will cause uneven surfaces for drivers and bicyclists; caution and slower speeds are advised.

Color is revealed for what needs attention now.

Color is revealed for what needs attention now.

You already know construction of the Rockland trestle includes daytime pile driving, and is restricted to weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, from 12 noon to 7 p.m., and is not allowed at night or on Sundays.

And if the noise is too loud, per the perimeter real-time noise, vibration and air quality monitors, or is outside those allowed times, call the hotline at 1-855-TZBRIDGE (1-855-892-7434), or email tzb.info@thruway.ny.gov.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners, issued September 11 — 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. You know that, too. These last few weeks of warm weather and boating will be shared with increasingly more construction equipment.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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