Peace on the River

Merry Christmas! Construction is suspended today.

A nearly-full moon glows brightly in the wee hours of Christmas morning/EarthCam® construction camera

A nearly-full moon glows brightly in the wee hours of Christmas morning/EarthCam® construction camera

Also suspended is the tumult and congestion in Tarrytown — at least until January. Project officials temporarily re-opened Ramp E, which got lots of attention after its closure nearly three weeks ago. Nightmarish traffic delays and gridlock-beyond-imagination resulted from closing the bridge entrance off South Broadway — compounded by the snowstorm.

That was then, this is now. And until it closes again in January, it’s open.

Work continues on the first of four new permanent noise barriers in Rockland County, and removal of sections of the existing noise wall along northbound I-87/I-287 in the area south of Exit 10.

A temporary noise barrier and noise monitors are near Exit 10, and additional temporary noise barriers, will be installed along a local access ramp and the New York State Thruway, after improvements are made to the ramp.

Permanent pile installation near the side channels under the existing bridge is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays; occasionally, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

Recently-installed temporary navigational lights mark the 600 foot-wide main channel. The U.S. Coast Guard’s revised Local Notice to Mariners details the Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) — 300 yards north and 200 yards south of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge — established in September. Both temporary and permanent piles are illuminated at night.

Activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL.

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

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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