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Paving the Way for New Maintenance Facility

While there’s no more door — at least not that door — there are, however, formwork and walls for the new maintenance facility being built in Tarrytown.

Start of Thruway Authority facility at the Westchester shared use path landing/NYSTA

This time last year the toll plaza in Tarrytown was demolished, and traffic methodically shifted lanes during the transition until cashless tolling began.

Only a few days remain until the electronic toll gantry is activated/© Janie Rosman 2016

And while fares have increased significantly in the past 50-plus years, through 2020 they’ll remain at status quo: cars pay $5 cash, $4.75 with E-ZPass®, and commuters pay $3 (20-trip booklet for $60).

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Note: Toll Plaza Gone; Four Lanes Open to Traffic

Nyack viewing area
♪♫ Saturday in the park I think it was the Fourth of July. . . ♪♫

It was a holiday weekend (although not the Fourth), and Memorial Park in Nyack was bustling with the start of summer; people were sitting under trees and in chairs on the lazy afternoon. I hadn’t seen the skate park yet and watched as five teenagers practiced their skateboarding skills.

ducks

Something else I didn’t see was the toll plaza, now part of the bridge’s past. I’m sure you noticed only four lanes on the right are open, and if you’re taking Exit 9 in Tarrytown, then it’s best to stay in the far right lane.

“Motorists taking the southbound exit 9 off-ramp are advised to stay in the right lane, as there will be little time to merge from the left at highway speeds,” a recent press release said.

They’re not kidding. Drivers who want to take 287 will need to stay in the far left lane until they can pick up 287 past the barricade. Last weekend there were cars crossing lanes when to reach to reach the exit/direction they wanted.

More new news: next week starts construction of the new maintenance facility.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Happy Friday the 13th: Lane Closures Tonight

You remember when the police barracks were demolished last year and, more recently, when the maintenance facility had its turn.

This week prep and foundation work began for the new maintenance facility, currently operating from West Nyack, that will open in Tarrytown in 2018.

By now you know the electronic gantry now collects fares, and the former toll plaza is being torn down in sections. For those who didn’t know, there is also a toll gantry on the southbound Thruway ramp from South Nyack.

Lane closures ahead tonight, tomorrow and Monday are preparations for traffic shifts next week (May 20).

lane closures

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Toll Plaza Demolition Continues Next Week

The project never sleeps: six 75-foot foundation piles were installed under the TZB/NYSTA

The project never sleeps: six 75-foot foundation piles were installed under the TZB/NYSTA

Pretty night photo of why three lanes on the Thruway and bridge closed to traffic last weekend. Another happens Tuesday, May 10, when one southbound lane near the former toll plaza closes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Overcast skies give the bridge & main span towers an eerie appearance/© J Rosman 2016

Overcast skies give the bridge & main span towers an eerie appearance/© J Rosman 2016

More than halfway to their 419-foot height, the towers nearly reach the bridge.

Everything looked dark and foreboding against yesterday’s dark skies. I was past the plaza, where one-way toll collection was adopted August 12, 1970, and when booths on northbound lanes were removed.

toll plaza

Southbound traffic wasn’t as dense yesterday although cars began braking just past the main span, anticipating the plaza. There was also less zigzagging across lanes after driving through the partitions.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

The Force was With Them: Toll Plaza Demolition

toll plaza 1

The fourth, er, force, was with construction crews today as they began tearing down the 60-plus-year-old Tarrytown toll plaza, starting with four booths on the far right. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

toll plaza 2

One thing I noticed last week was once past the toll plaza at 20 mph, drivers cut across the Thruway as lanes narrowed. Folks, you have time to move into the left lanes that become I-287. No reason to zoom across the Thruway.

toll plaza 3

I’ll be in Rockland Friday and am curious to see the new view driving back.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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