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Toll Violation Fees waived thru February 2018

Two cashless tolling gantries near Exit 10 in South Nyack went live April 2016/NNYB

Starting Monday, Tolls by Mail customers who have open violations between April 24, 2016, and January 31, 2018, will be able to pay their outstanding toll balances with no accrued fees once the tolls are paid.

Eligible motorists will receive letters from the Thruway Authority in early February indicating their balances and how to pay them/have their fees waived using a new dedicated webpage.

Inputting their license plate, state and zip code will bring up any open violations and costs. 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.

Anyone who was referred to a collection agency or who had his/her registration suspended can pay by the due date to have the fees waived.

This applies to motorists who paid their toll bill in full and have unpaid violations or fees, those on payment plans and whose registration was suspended or who were referred to the Department of Motor Vehicles for suspension.

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.

The Thruway Authority aims to educate motorists about cashless tolling on the new bridge that includes:

New roadway signage: the 10 signs leading up to the bridge remind motorists of the toll and/or to call **826 to find out more information on how to pay if you don’t have E-ZPass®.

Updating the Thruway App and websites to direct users to update their address with DMV and enhancing the sections about paying tolls and avoiding fees and penalties. Toll By Mail bills are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. State law requires individuals to update their addresses within 10 days of moving.

E-ZPass® account credit aimed to encourage Thruway motorists to sign up for an account. Motorists can get E-ZPass® On-the-Go at one of approximately 780 retailers across the state. Register it February 1 through February 26 to receive a $10 account credit after 10 trips on the Thruway.

For more information, click here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

ICYMI: Cool Views from around the Project Site

These sections of structural steel slated are the foundation for eastbound span deck panels that will have a one-inch polymer overlay for the driving surface and lane markings. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

Did you miss this from the car? The new maintenance facility is coming along.

What you don’t see from the driver’s seat: the police barracks foundation is progressing on the southern side of the Thruway.

I thought this would become a new pier near the Rockland shoreline. Wrong. It’s the Rockland abutment for the eastbound span.

Mystery object with snow-covered land in the background. Can you tell what it is?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Toll Amnesty: Violation Fees temporarily Waived

One of two electronic toll gantries in Rockland activated in April 2016/© Janie Rosman 2016

Got fines? Now through February 21 you won’t have to pay those you incurred for ignoring toll violations issued between April 24, 2016, through the end of this month.

The Thruway Authority will forgive fines if you pay your bill in one fell swoop, per its recent press release:

Eligible motorists will receive a letter from the Thruway Authority and must pay all outstanding toll balances by February 21. The amnesty will then be applied to violation fees for passenger vehicles of Tolls By Mail customers with open violations that were issued between April 24, 2016, through January 31, 2018.

Folks, if you don’t have an E-ZPass® tag, and you drive under a gantry, then you will get a bill on the mail.

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.

There’ll be additional and more concise signs on the road and on the Thruway app and website about tolls and how to pay them. Drivers can use the Tolls By Mail website, by mail, phone or in person and by check, credit card, checking account or cash. A text to **826 will return information about the Tolls By Mail website and payment details.

You never got a bill? Therein lies the rub. Best to get an E-ZPass® tag.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Flashback Friday: First Construction 66 Years Ago

then

Your eyes are joining the two sections of the main span in the image above, right? History is repeating, now with two spans and a modern, hi-tech, safer and more artistic bridge.

now

Crews started work on the Tappan Zee Bridge in March 1952; this past summer the first span of its replacement opened. Happy and healthy New Year to you!

Photos courtesy New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Progress Update: Condensed/Abbreviated Version

Your intrepid blogger and reporter has been down for the count with a cold. Two days after attending the holiday train show at The New York Botanical Garden, I felt a tickle in my throat.

Now that I’m breathing regularly again, and the Cepacol is working its magic, I’ll share that roller skating down the winding slope of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (above, part of the holiday show) is an item on my Bucket List.

Another one is walking from Westchester to Rockland on the new bridge’s path one way so I’d have a friend meet me in Rockland and drive me back.

The last blue structural steel girder was completed since yours truly last posted here. Crews began removing he two remaining tower cranes; the other two were removed this past summer. Crews are also building piers — you can see them in the photo above — near the Westchester shoreline.

Unseen from the road: a peek inside one of those giant blue structural steel girders/ NYSTA

Since the westbound span opened four months ago, the Tappan Zee Bridge has been disappearing, and more of the eastbound span is visible. This past week, crews installed the last four precast concrete pier caps near Westchester; installation continues, including on the Westchester and Rockland approaches, save for this and next weekends.

Check out progress since last month on Thruway Authority’s maintenance facility/NYSTA

Cute story:

A woman and her son, probably age 6 or 7, were on line behind me at the supermarket Thursday. He was carrying a bunch of carrots with the stems attached so I asked her if she peels and cooks them with a meal.

“No, they’re for the reindeer,” her son answered. “They have to eat, too.”

The woman added, “He wanted organic carrots, and I told him the reindeer won’t mind regular ones.”

Then she said to me with a smile (his back was to her), “Wait until he sees teeth marks on them the next morning.”

Have fun if you track Santa’s progress tonight on NORAD. There’s no snow here in southern Westchester; however, you never can tell. Merry Christmas Eve!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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