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Art Alert: ArtsWestchester calls for Proposals

ArtsWestchester and the Thruway Authority are collaborating and seek proposals from professional artists and artist collectives in New York State to create bicycle racks for the new bridge’s landings and a mural for the underpass on the Rockland County landing.

Deadline for bicycle rack proposals is August 18. Projects/commissions must be completed and ready to install by October 22.

Deadline for mural proposals is September 13. Up to five finalists will be notified two weeks later; the winning mural will be installed by April 2020.

Here’s an opportunity to leave your artistic footprint on the bridge project!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Getting Nowhere: Thruway on a Friday Afternoon

I took the above photo four years ago from the roof of the TIME Hotel in Nyack when its then-general manager gave me a tour of the construction site. Traffic is no problem when you’re watching it from afar. And now . . .

“Traffic is backed up to the (Garden State) Parkway north from the Thruway,” the local traffic reporter told me via my car radio. The westbound backup continued past Exit 5 into White Plains and probably to Exit 8 and beyond. Didn’t make it to the bridge.

Impatient truck drivers used every bit of the entrance lane from Elmsford to enter an overcrowded 287. Raise rolls on the Thruway? Yes! Let truckers pay more, lots more for clogging up the lanes and causing traffic to stall as they still slow down on the new bridge’s lessened decline past the main span.

The above photo, courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority, shows traffic shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday. How many trucks can you see among the vehicles?

Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said the agency “will continue to keep tolls as low as possible on the bridge for all motorists while providing the resources necessary to support the user-fee supported system.”

Double the tolls for trucks.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Sweltering Heat and a Festive Time at the River

It seemed as if everyone else was oblivious to the oppressive heat and humidity tonight. A concert in Pierson Park filled the air with music while families picnicked on the grass. Students from the EF International Language Campus in Tarrytown climbed on the rocks and the wall around the viewing area, laughing and speaking their native languages as they took photos of each other with the slowly-turning-pink bridge as their backdrop.

One couple brought their dinner to a table at the viewing area; they, like others walking along the path and kids running around, seemed immune to the sweltering air. It was a perfect night to be near water.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Claremont Elementary names One Baby Falcon

Katherine Castrillo’s class at Claremont Elementary School was all smiles and cheers this week after one of the four baby falcons was named Rio, the kids’ choice for this year’s naming contest. More than 1,500 people picked the winning names from 10 entries.

The project team will also visit Concord Road Elementary School in Ardsley and Washington Irving Intermediate School in Tarrytown, whose classes submitted the other winning names: Talon-ted, Cardi Beak and Speedy.

Following an award ceremony, nearly 400 students were eager to learn about the new bridge’s technology, environmental precautions, oyster relocation and falcon nest. And the Tappan Zee Bridge got their attention: they all wanted to see part of the old bridge blown up in the river. Your description may vary.

That’s for another blog post.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

More Lanes and Room and no less Traffic Jams

Driving on the bridge yesterday was an ordeal. A Hudson Link bus was in one of the non-bus lanes; trucks in the right lane had difficulty making the reduced grade on the Westchester approach span and slowed traffic behind them (including me) considerably.

More fun happened at Exit 10, whose two lanes were merged into one lane that started a backup within feet of exiting the Thruway. It took 10 minutes from that point to reach Route 9 north.

New bridge, wider lanes, same and more traffic issues.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 201

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