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Can Two Monday Hours Be Any More Exciting?

It happened. It’s almost the norm for me now.  Oh, and the super crane is here. Additional photos at Twitter (nykeypad). It’s HUGE. Very colorful.

Massive crane has a 328-foot boom/© Janie Rosman 2014

Massive crane has a 328-foot boom/© Janie Rosman 2014

I got lost. Missed one street — a key ingredient for that happening — and drove until I could turn around. The lady whose car I flagged smiled when I told her I’m a reporter covering the bridge project, and the super crane was arriving today.

I Lift NY arriving at its destination/© Janie Rosman 2014

I Lift NY arriving at its destination/© Janie Rosman 2014

“It’s here? Today?” she asked and told me to follow her to the street I missed. Whoever you are, I thank you and appreciate your help this morning.

I Lift NY with TZB in the background/© Janie Rosman 2014

I Lift NY with TZB in the background/© Janie Rosman 2014

It’s important now more than ever for recreational boaters to learn and heed restrictions. Since August, six lighted channel markers guide them to and from the Piermont shore. Off-limits is the U.S. Coast Guard’s Safety Zone; heed the expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA). Safe boating, everyone.

Watch out for lane shifts and closures/© Janie Rosman 2014

Watch out for lane shifts and closures/© Janie Rosman 2014

The afternoon ended with traffic on the way to Westchester. Ah, the lane closures and familiar orange cones. Details are in the latest New NY Bridge press release.

Check out the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety, listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

Read about main channel rules  in LNM/© Janie Rosman 2014

Read about main channel rules in LNM/© Janie Rosman 2014

Did I tell you today was exciting for me? I introduced myself to the governor, and we talked for one minute. Maybe two.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Quiet on the River this Last Weekend in August

Three tiny ducks take advantage of the calm river without noise on Saturday night/EarthCam® construction camera

Three tiny ducks take advantage of the calm river without noise on Saturday night/EarthCam® construction camera

Governor: “Our job is not to have people adjust to government, but to have government adjust to the people.”

That was the reasoning behind Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012 Drivers First initiative, “a new approach by the State Department of Transportation to prioritize the convenience of motorists and ensure that disruptions are as minimal as possible to drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state.”

Hmm. Regarding the project, maybe the government only adjust sometimes.

I digress. I looked it up because Friday’s press release said there would be no lane closures this weekend in accordance with that 2012 initiative. So no pile driving or river doings this last weekend before school starts.

Few lane closures on I-87/I-287 next week as well:

• Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2 and 3 — the southbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Thursday, September 4 —the southbound right and middle lanes across the Tappan Zee Bridge, from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On the water this weekend? Remember . . .

Recreational boaters have six new lighted channel markers guiding them to and from the Piermont shore, per a recent press release. Off-limits is the U.S. Coast Guard’s Safety Zone; heed the expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA). Safe boating, everyone.

Details — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — are listed 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 2014

Few Lane Closures This Week; Project Updates

Great news!

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Today and tomorrow only: the southbound right lane of I-87/I-287 near Exit 9 will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additional construction details are here.

And because it can’t be said enough:

Recreational boaters have six new lighted channel markers guiding them to and from the Piermont shore, per a recent press release. Off-limits is the U.S. Coast Guard’s Safety Zone; heed the expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA). Safe boating, everyone.

Details — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — are listed 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 2014

Play by the Rules . . . Because Safety Rules!

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OK, ladies and gentlemen, here’s a quick quiz. Ready? Let’s begin.

First. What safety feature do you wear in a car? “A seat belt.”

Next. Is a rule or an option?A rule.”

Next. Name one safety item you wear on a boat. “A life jacket.”

Next. Is this a requirement? “Yes.”

Finally. What are new safety measures in the construction area? “An updated boater safety guide on the New NY Bridge website includes the Piermont Channel markers and Safety Zone.” Right!

Project officials wear personal floatation devices and hard hats while in the construction area/© Janie Rosman 2014

Project officials wear personal floatation devices and hard hats while in the construction area/© Janie Rosman 2014

The state’s recently-enacted Safe Boating Law requires anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, to 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.

Details — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — are listed 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 2014

Upcoming Week on Land and in River

Three weeks past the longest day of the year, today’s 5 a.m. sky seen from an EarthCam® construction camera in Upper Grandview shows Nature’s palette:

5 am today from Grandview

Twelve hours earlier, a family of ducks swam by, caught on tape in Tarrytown:

5 pm yesterday from TT marina

Work on the Rockland County landing, and the Rockland trestle continues, as does pile driving from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays; and from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

Take note of this week’s lane closures on I-87/I-287:

• Monday, July 14, and Tuesday, July 15 — southbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 15, to Thursday, July 17 — TZB lanes: northbound left and middle lanes, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesday); northbound right lane, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Wednesday); and northbound left and middle lanes, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Thursday)
• Friday, July 18 — southbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; northbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Exit 10 entrance ramp, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Lanes closed? No problem!

First stop during a trip into town/New NY Bridge Outreach

First stop during a trip into town/New NY Bridge Outreach

Perfect day for boating . . . reminder: new safety zone and expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA). The Outreach Team has been visiting marinas and boat clubs in Westchester and Rockland, dispensing information about boater safety.

Details — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — are listed 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 2014

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