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Looking Back a Few Months, a Few Years

Missing you very much/Photographer: mom or Spence or me

Four years ago today, my dad passed away. I’ll never forget that phone call or the voice that said, “I have bad news for you.” When I arrived at the hospital I yelled at her and told the head doctor she ought to be fired.

What did happen was I asked mom if it was OK to do as I would have done Friday, and she said yes, dad would have wanted me to.

The next day was the mass transit task force meeting; the group recommended bus rapid transit. A friend bought two dozen roses for mom and me. I was trying to make arrangements in between listening as I’d brought a tape recorder.

I miss dad more than I did that day. Today was busy yet I wasn’t distracted enough to forget its importance.

Nearly finished with a story about infrastructure and the bridge project and will be back to regularly posting shortly.

By the by: the first span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge opened six months ago yesterday, the second span will open this year, and a new bus system will begin four new routes in the fall.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Last Week for Cashless Toll Violation Amnesty

New signs that alert drivers of toll at new bridge, how to pay if they have no E-ZPass® /NYSTA

Did you know there are two overhead gantries near Exit 10 in South Nyack? One you will see on the Thruway; the other is where the entrance ramp narrows to meet the Thruway. If you don’t have an E-ZPass® tag and drove under either gantry, then here’s good news: you can pay those unpaid tolls without fees until next Monday.

The Thruway Authority’s amnesty program for Tolls by Mail cashless tolling customers who travel between Westchester and Rockland started January 22 and ends February 26. If you received a letter from the Thruway Authority in early February indicating you have a balance, then you were given directions for paying it and having your fees waived via this web page.

Fees will be waived if payment is received by February 26, 2018, either by credit card or mail-in coupon with a check or money order to the Thruway Authority.

One of two overhead gantries near South Nyack for cashless tolling/© Janie Rosman 2018

This applies to violations issued between April 24, 2016, and January 31, 2018, and includes those with open violations in collections and who have suspended registrations. Motorists with E-ZPass® violations or other violations unrelated to the new bridge are not eligible.

For the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge, if the first toll bill is not paid by the customer, a $5 late fee will be imposed on the second notice. If a second notice is also ignored, violation fees of $100 per toll will be imposed.

Motorists can get E-ZPass® On-the-Go at one of about 780 retailers across the state. Register it February 1 through February 26 to receive a $10 account credit after 10 trips on the Thruway.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Progress since First Span opened last August

Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and Tappan Zee Bridge credit Tom Kaminski / WCBS Chopper 880

At the top of the photo, you can see cuts in the Tappan Zee Bridge; here’s why.

Did you hear it? The whoosh of time going by: January marked five years since the Thruway Authority issued Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) Notice To Proceed.

The westbound span’s been open nearly six months, and the maintenance facility and new police barracks are under way. Crews are dismantling the Tappan Zee Bridge, which looks tiny next to its replacement. Mom and I rode across the bridge last February, when more than half the stay cables were in place. She’d asked what the towers and blue girders were and if we were going to drive on it.

Yes, we will, mom. When you come home, I’ll take you in the car and drive across the new bridge to Memorial Park to eat ice cream and gaze at the river view.

New state police barracks will be ready for move-in day when bridge opens this year/NYSTA

Meantime, crews are working on the maintenance facility that you pass on the right driving westbound, and the new state trooper barracks just before Exit 9 and to the far right of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

ICYMI: Scenes from around the Project Site

Wires? A huge bug? Nope. Per project officials, these are tubes that cooled the new bridge’s concrete pile caps via concrete cytalitic reaction. Too complex for me, suffice to say they helped make the new bridge stronger.

Photos 1, 3 and 4 are courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

This colorful new view from steps near the clubhouse at Quay condominiums in Tarrytown differs from what residents living there saw when the project started.

Looking north from the Westchester landing, you can see piers from the Tappan Zee Bridge and the two new spans. The project slowed during the past few weeks due to bitterly cold temps that caused a frozen river.

Sweet photo. An astute eye snapped hungry mallard ducks befriending some of the crew. Before long, the Peregrine falcons will return to their home — on which bridge?

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. See this pipe affixed to the blue structural steel girders near the Westchester landing? It helps prevent flooding and is part of the new bridge’s drainage system.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Super Bowl 52: dad patiently explained the Game

Marty Glickman and dad

Here’s my dad with legendary sports broadcaster Marty Glickman at the old Shea Stadium. I love you, dad, and miss you so much. You patiently explained football to me, and by the end of the first quarter I’d forgotten what you said . . . not for lack of listening.

I paid attention to every word (like I did in science class yet couldn’t correlate the notes I took to the lesson plan) yet to me, the game was and always will be men in tights running away from or to each other to grab or throw the elusive football.

You’d grin at me when I told you, dad, and I knew you thought my comment was funny. I wished I understood the game as you did.

Hockey and basketball were and are my sports. That’s for another blog post.

Today is about football and fans rooting for their favorite team of men in tights running away from or to each other to grab or throw the elusive football.

This one-of-a-kind trophy was autographed by office staff, construction crews/NYSTA

No one will be throwing this football, dad, signed by the team that is building the new bridge. Maybe some of the men and women on this team wear tights (we used to call them woolies) for warmth since they’re outside in freezing weather yet have an ongoing team spirit.

I hope you enjoy the game from above, dad. Love, Janie

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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