Traffic, Shoulder Lanes and a Disappearing River

Bridge disappears into this rainy, foggy day/Tarrytown EarthCam® construction camera

Bridge disappears into this rainy, foggy day/Tarrytown EarthCam® construction camera

Lucky the left shoulder lane was wide enough for the emergency vehicle to pass through easily. I heard the siren before I saw the lights in my rear view mirror and looked for an opening to change lanes.

Too soon I blamed the building westbound traffic on an accident; cars and trucks started to bunch near Exit 8 in White Plains, much too soon for 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The traffic broke near Exit 3: no accident or other emergency vehicles in sight. Smooth ride to the bridge, when the landscape and river disappeared.

A few cars slowed considerably; maybe the lack of anything familiar except gray air was disconcerting. I saw the tops of cranes, and that was it until I was off the bridge and near Exit 10. The trees reappeared under clouds that seemed to find a comfortable place to rest. It was eerie like the time I drove into a rainstorm and then drove out of it.

What happens when the new bridge opens with four lanes in each direction yet the highway retains its three? Emergency vehicles will straddle the shoulder lane as they do now when there’s traffic.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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