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.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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