Informed and Aware: Safety Updates

Last December, the Thruway Authority unanimously voted to move the bridge replacement project from a three-mile-span that should be to a new structure that will be.

♪♫ On a clear day, you can see forever (or at least to the Manhattan skyline) ♪♫ . . .

♪♫ On a clear day, you can see forever (or at least to the Manhattan skyline) ♪♫ . . .

And here we are: Crews are installing permanent piles for the new bridge’s main span and approach; machinery in the river will more than double by next summer. BE EXTRA CAREFUL. Can’t say it enough. Per the U.S. Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners, dated November 6:

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

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.

How to reach boaters who don’t get the Local Notice to Mariners? You can help.

Direct them to the New NY Bridge website, the official project information source; have them type Local Notice to Mariners into a search engine, look for District 1 (northeast), and subscribe to updates. Suggest this blog, which refers readers to the New NY Bridge, and to the Coast Guard, websites.

As always, I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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