Moving the Clocks, Boating Season, Lanes Closed

What do the Ides of March, St. Patrick’s Day and lane closures have in common?

They all happen next week.

Testing continues for cashless tolling near the Exit 10 on-ramp, which will be closed next Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day.

detour

On another note . . .

We move the clocks one hour ahead this weekend (yea!), and this to me signifies the end of winter. Almost. We had frigid temperatures in mid-February, and the past few days were in the 70s. While it may be too early to head for the beach, boating season begins soon.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Regulated Navigation Area 500 yards north and south of the existing bridge and the safety zone banning recreational boaters from a two-mile area along the Rockland shore where construction barges are located. Information is posted on the New NY Bridge website; link to it here.

“Boaters can radio U.S. VHF Channel 16 designated by the FCC,” Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) Safety Manager Jim Sixsmith said.

Calls are monitored by police and the Coast Guard and then routed to local channels. If a boater is calling for a transient slip, for example, a marina will route the call to another channel to keep 16 free.

Learn & heed the main channel rules/© Janie Rosman 2014

Learn & heed the main channel rules/© Janie Rosman 2014

Safety enhancements include lighted buoys around the barge moorings, eight channel markers including two additional markers for access to Piermont marinas, GPS tracking for TZC vessels and barges and an interactive map that shows vessel movement, high-tech security and patrols and extensive educational outreach with boating groups and marinas.

Effective May 1, 2014, anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, must 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.

Boaters — especially those not affiliated with local clubs or who come from other areas and don’t read the Local Notice to Mariners — are wise to find this weekly bulletin excerpted and in its entirety under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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