Archive for May, 2014|Monthly archive page

Hats, Driving and Bridges

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When the lure became too much, I couldn’t resist. Several times I walked up and back, and finally gave in. Taking the brimmed hat off the stand, I placed it on my head and looked in the mirror.

“Are you going some place special?” one lady asked from behind a counter. It’s sunny by the river, I said, and told her I’m a reporter, and I write about the bridge replacement project. I said bridge replacement project. The other lady smiled. I was in Connecticut. Lots of bridges and rivers in Connecticut.

They knew exactly which bridge and river; I told them about the website. “I can go to the library and look it up,” one lady said. I gave her my card and wrote the New NY Bridge website address on the back.

Courtesy of New NY Bridge

Courtesy of New NY Bridge

“It’s good they’re building a new one. The bridge is falling apart,” she said, adding she’d rather drive through the Holland Tunnel than across a bridge. Because once she was behind the wheel and stuck in traffic on a bridge (didn’t say which one). “And it was swaying,” she said.

Suspension bridges sway in the wind, George Schoepfer, Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority deputy chief engineer, explained. This, after motorists felt the Bronx Whitestone Bridge sway during a November 1968 Nor’easter.

There’s a phone number and email address on the website, and she can ask questions, including how the bridge is made, I said. It will be built differently, and maybe she’ll want to drive across when it opens. She smiled. “I’ll let my husband drive across it first.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Real and Simulated Meet in a Dream

Funny how the last scenes we dream are so vivid — or do we remember them because they are immediately before awakening?

Northerly view: TZB's westbound lane/Courtesy of ehpien

Northerly view: TZB’s westbound lane/Courtesy of ehpien

The other day, I was walking with a group along the new shared use path. The weather was warm, the sky clear and sunny, and I stopped often to look at the mesmerizing view seen when driving from Westchester to Rockland.

And while the model bridge from the animation video — anything is possible, more so in dreams, right? — was as real as the bridge I drove across last week, the scenic overlooks were missing.

I wrote about the belvederes in another post, and how I’d like them to offer more shade. You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, says the song, and here was the new bridge, sans overlooks and shade.

Fish and Chips

It was a dream. And while dreams have meanings, here’s my take: I was walking on the to-be-built bridge above the Hudson River. Fresh air, and a perfect view of nature’s beauty. Real mixed with simulated. How cool is that.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Aware and Informed: The New Hudson River

Were you boating this past weekend?

If so, then you met New NY Bridge Team Outreach members George Paschalis and Andy O’Rourke, and US Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel Don Elmendorf, as they visited boat clubs and marinas in Westchester and Rockland Counties.

Getting law enforcement onboard/New NY Bridge Outreach

Getting law enforcement onboard/New NY Bridge Outreach

Armed with fact sheets, they talked with boaters about the new enhanced safety measures near the Tappan Zee Bridge that encompass suggestions from last October’s Hudson River roundtable.

Detailed information —including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

boater safety RNA

Educating new and experienced boaters can be challenging, especially during fishing season, HRBYCA past-president Frank Bergman said last year. “Every spring, we have new boaters who don’t know the rules, no matter how much paperwork we give them,” HVMTA past-president Gabe Capobianchi agreed.

The state’s recently-enacted Safe Boating Law requires anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, to complete an eight-hour boating safety course before operating a mechanically-propelled vessel in the state’s navigable waters. Those born before May 1, 1996, are exempt.

It's never too soon to learn the importance of water safety/New NY Bridge Outreach

It’s never too soon to learn the importance of water safety/New NY Bridge Outreach

GPS trackers are being placed on construction equipment, and a geo (electronic) fence will be placed around the work zone. Additional measures include lighted buoy markers from Tappan Zee Marina in Piermont to the 600-foot wide main channel, marked with temporary navigational lights.

Clearly posted guidelines as per last fall's roundtable/New NY Bridge Outreach

Clearly posted guidelines as per last fall’s roundtable/New NY Bridge Outreach

The Coast Guard’s expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) is 500 yards north and 500 yards south of the span. While temporary and permanent piles are illuminated at night, activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL.

Contact info: New NY Bridge is here, Westchester County boating safety is here, and Rockland County boater safety is here. It’s urgently important to boat safely and responsibly, and to know what to do in case of an emergency. Stay safe, and have fun!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Partial GPS Tracking in Place; Construction Suspended through Memorial Day

Following the third breakaway barge incident, eight GPS units are now tracking vessels near the construction area. Boaters can check their movements and locations at an interactive map on the New NY Bridge website.

Interactive map of vessel locations that refreshes every minute is © New York State Thruway Authority

Interactive map of vessel locations that refreshes every minute is © New York State Thruway Authority

New, too, is the NNYB website’s streamlined boater safety information.

Another 150 GPS units will be added, as will a geo (electronic) fence around the work zone, “so if a vessel or a barge does happen to come free from its moorings, and crosses that geo fence, an instant alarm will sound,” special project advisor Brian Conybeare told News 12 Westchester.

Additional measures include lighted buoy markers, discussed at last fall’s Hudson River roundtable, from Tappan Zee Marina in Piermont to the main channel.

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Folks will get a break during the next few days: pile driving ceases until Tuesday, when it resumes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., through Friday.

Take note of next week’s lane closures on I-87/I-287:
• Tuesday, May 27, and Wednesday, May 28 — southbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Thursday, May 29 — northbound right land near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Friday, May 30 — northbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Post-storm sunset turns sky and river numerous shades of blue/EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown

Post-storm sunset turns sky and river numerous shades of blue/EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown

The 600 foot-wide main channel is marked with temporary navigational lights, and while temporary and permanent piles are illuminated at night, activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL. See details in the updated Local Notice to Mariners.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Cuomo Cites Tappan Zee Bridge in Nomination Acceptance Speech

“We took on projects that they were afraid to touch for years, like the Tappan Zee Bridge, and we’re showing them what we can do.” — New York State Governor Andrew Mark Cuomo

Getting ready a for busy summer/Courtesy Team Outreach

Getting ready a for busy summer/Courtesy Team Outreach

“We are going to take this example of the Tappan Zee Bridge that restored our confidence, and we’re going to rebuild our airports,” Cuomo said, accepting his party’s nomination at the NYS Democratic Convention in Long Island yesterday.

Last week, he and President Barack Obama stood in front of the span, flanked by construction equipment, citing its progress as his vision for JFK and La Guardia Airport redevelopment. “We will do what we did with the Tappan Zee Bridge; we are going to step in, stop talking about it,” Cuomo said in his 2014 State of the State Address.

Game on!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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