May the Fourth – and Force – Be With You, NNYB

The last main span crossbeam will be placed next week/EarthCam® construction camera

The last main span crossbeam will be placed next week/EarthCam® construction camera

. . . the I Lift NY super crane’s force, that is.

During the past two weeks constructions crews were testing the cashless toll gantry near Exit 10 and placing the remaining the main span tower crossbeams.

Leap Day comes every four years, and this one was memorable: the crane placed the third crossbeam between two towers.

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Another force — this also not to be reckoned with — is New York State’s action against toll violators.

The Tarrytown toll plaza will be torn down and rebuilt; cashless tolls coming soon/NYSTA

The Tarrytown toll plaza will be torn down and rebuilt; cashless tolls coming soon/NYSTA

You know the new temporary toll gantry is now being tested (bringing lane closures next week) and will be up and running this spring.

Motorists will be able to drive through the gantry at normal (regular) highway speeds without braking as is required now, thanks to the gantry’s cameras and other equipment.

No more waiting in line for someone (used to be me) who is looking for money or worse, throwing it into the coin box (remember those?) and missing.

Motorists who do not have E-ZPass® tags need not feel left out; cameras will take pictures of license plates and mail each driver a bill for the toll fee.

Do not ignore this bill.

During the testing period, drivers won’t be charged or affected by the gantry, and yes, they’ll still have to pay in Tarrytown when driving from Rockland . . . until it closes, and a new system is built in its place.

And for now, it’s still $5 cash.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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