Heat Wave Hits Area

Finally. YES! Bring on the 40s, maybe even the 50s, as the weather folks hinted. With temps well above freezing, Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) resumed pile driving last week, per a February 21 press release.

Sunrise Thursday during a warmer break from endlessly sub-freezing temps/EarthCam® construction camera

Sunrise Thursday during a warmer break from endlessly sub-freezing temps/EarthCam® construction camera

Did you guess allowed times are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays; occasionally, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays? You’re right. Next week, too, geotechnical investigations on the Westchester approach will check soil and other conditions. If you’re coming home from work, or having dinner with friends, or the theater, or whatever your activity, be aware of lane closures, all from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.:

• Monday, Feb. 24, to Wednesday, Feb. 26 — southbound right lane near toll plaza
• Thursday, Feb. 27, and Friday, Feb. 28 — northbound right lane near toll plaza

Since October, temporary navigational lights marked 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.

The following was highlighted:

Mariners are advised that the side channels to the east and west of the main channel are closed to vessel traffic and are advised to use only the center 600’ of the main channel to navigate in a north-south direction through the area. Additionally, mariners are strongly advised to stay clear of all construction equipment and support vessels by 1000 feet or more when transiting the area.

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

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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