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Barge on the Run

Four days after Westchester and Rockland residents learned GPS tracking will be affixed to construction equipment, another barge broke loose.

One of the barges near the Tappan Zee Bridge/Courtesy of Alexa Brandenberg (alexabrandenberg.com)

One of the barges near the Tappan Zee Bridge/Courtesy of Alexa Brandenberg (alexabrandenberg.com)

Sunday afternoon, reported the Journal News, Piermont resident Dean Taucher noticed a runaway.

“Safety is the Thruway Authority’s number one priority on this project,” special project advisor Brian Conybeare said in a statement Sunday. “It is unacceptable for construction barges to come loose on the Hudson River.”

Conybeare said the Thruway Authority is currently reviewing Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC)’s safety protocols and barge mooring methods.

TZC Community Outreach/Diversity Manager Carla Julian reiterated, “Safety is our top priority and a full investigation is underway to determine how the barge was separated from it’s mooring. TZC’s daily operations include at least four checks of mooring tie offs each shift and was last checked at approximately 3 p.m. today before the barge was separated at approximately 3:45 p.m.”

Last September, a 50-foot barge drifted one mile to the Piermont shore before it was tracked by police. Project officials talked about putting GPS devices on equipment four months later, when two barges broke loose during a January storm, one drifting 15 miles to near the George Washington Bridge, the other to Ardsley.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Fun in the Sun: Belvederes/Viewing Areas

Sunglasses? Check. Hat? Check. Tanning lotion? Maybe. Cool temps, sunny day, nice breeze . . . perfect weather for a stroll on the new bridge.

Fish and Chips

I’d appreciate if each of the six belvederes/viewing areas had a back and at least one side; a gentle breeze in the street might be a stronger gust on the bridge.

Tides of Tarrytown

And protection from sun glare and wind would be helpful when reading the cultural information to be posted at each area.

Painters Point

One person in the Westchester audience asked Brian Conybeare and the panel of project officials if they’d ever walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s a fun trek with spectacular views that I’ve walked at dusk.

The Brooklyn Bridge is free to the roughly 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians crossing it daily./Courtesy of Claude Scales

The Brooklyn Bridge is free to the roughly 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians crossing it daily./Courtesy of Claude Scales

While we each have our own heat and sun tolerance levels, I hope those who are incorporating safety for motorists on the new bridge also consider those who will enjoy it via the shared use path.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

New Safety Zone is Amid Preventive Measures

Six themed belvederes/viewing areas were unveiled last night during a review of the past year in bridge — extensive safety measures, pile driving, dredging, and environmental monitoring —  and the U.S. Coast Guard’s expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA), now 500 yards north and south of the span.

new chart of requested safety zone

The channel, marked by temporary navigational lights since October, was initially 300 yards north and 200 yards south of the existing bridge; the new RNA yardage wasn’t detailed in the most recent  Local Notice to Mariners, unless I missed it.

If I did, please tell me in the Comments.

UPDATE: I called the USCG this morning, and was told it expects the RNA 500-yard area north and south of the TZB will be approved.

Check out river activities via the EarthCam® construction cameras posted in several locations that refresh every 15 minutes, like today at 6:15 a.m.:

sky on fire

Safety measures include a specific zone to keep boaters away from the barges and construction equipment, and an online electronic map for boaters. And no more runaways — equipment will have GPS tracking to tell if it’s moving or stationary.

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.

belvedere designs

Curious to see up-close what’s going on in the river? Public viewing areas are planned at Nyack Memorial Park and Pierson Park. . . . and the Community Outreach Center in Tarrytown is moving to a new location, 2 N. Broadway at the corner of Main Street.

Next steps for the transit task force final recommendations are approval from the governor, the Thruway Authority and the state Department of Transportation.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

New NY Bridge Meetings Tonight and Tomorrow

Awesome blue morning sky/EarthCam® construction camera

Awesome blue morning sky/EarthCam® construction camera

One-half turn of the clock from now is the first of two 2014 Annual Public Meetings in Westchester and Rockland Counties; the announcement is posted here. And stay tuned for an update about boater safety.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Got Questions About the New Bridge?

question mark with speech bubles, vector on the abstract background

Bring them to the 2014 Annual Public Meetings in Westchester and Rockland Counties, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.:

Wednesday, March 26
Sleepy Hollow High School Auditorium
210 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow

Thursday, March 27
Nyack High School Auditorium
360 Christian Herald Road, Nyack

The announcement is posted here. Ask, ask, ASK!

Permanent foundation pile driving for the new bridge continues from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays; occasionally, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Temporary foundations for the Rockland and Westchester trestles are coming along, too.

Some new additions to lane closures this week on I-87/I-287:

• Monday, March 24, to Thursday, March 27 — southbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Thursday, March 27 — northbound right lane near Exit 9, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
• Friday, March 28 — northbound right lane near Exit 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 8 p.m. to 11 a.m.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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