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Second Outreach Center closes; New Exit 10; SUP Work continues; Toll Relief for Local Residents

What remained of the Tappan Zee Bridge lingered into 2019: its east anchor span was to be demolished, then weather intervened, and then it happened. A new configuration to Thruway Exit 10 eliminated a portion of the loop, where motorists could exit to Clinton Avenue; second and third traffic patterns for the exit were to follow.

Work continued on the westbound span’s path and connecting spur path, the old bridge’s supports were disappearing, and four Peregrine falcon chicks needed names. The west anchor span was removed, local students named the chicks, new webcams showed progress on the landings, and my mom took her first car trip across the new bridge.

Low turnout was reported at July’s toll advisory panel meetings; ArtsWestchester and the Thruway Authority asked artists to propose ideas for a mural and bicycle racks. A broken car on en route to the iconic concert 50 years ago became a “how we met” story for their children and grandchildren.

Come fall, New Yorkers chose a new state license plate (some wanted the design above, which was not one of the five choices), and further changes were made to Exit 10 yet did not relieve traffic. People noticed the I Lift NY left the project site five years after its arrival in Piermont.

A completely reconfigured Exit 10 opened in early October, one scenic overlook was completed the following month, and residents of bridge-bordering counties learned about minimal future toll increases. Although the Nyack Outreach Center closed this month, educational programs continue into spring/summer.

The path, its hours to be determined, is expected to open sometime next year.

It would have been wiser not to leave my hat on the bus: temps were freezing that day! Photo/Gov. Cuomo’s staff

I’ve covered this story since March 2012, when an editor sent me to hear residents’ concerns in Tarrytown. Plans for the project’s anticipated progress — detailed in subsequent meetings — became reality with each turn of the calendar. Freelance reporting is pure joy and sometimes challenging, and this has been both.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

New Car, New State License Plate and New Fee

Nine years with the same license plate means next year I’ll either get the state’s new design or choose a specialty plate. The new bridge was one of the design choices in last month’s statewide contest and was not chosen; then again, some people would have preferred this:

Still shiny with no peeling paint, my plates were transferred to the 2017 certified preowned car I bought last week. There has never been a time when the Thruway Authority hasn’t changed me, even when my E-ZPass® tag wasn’t mounted on the car’s windshield.

Because I was on a “car diet” for the past few weeks I didn’t drive further than the next dealership to check preowned cars. Running against time as my Honda’s engine was fading, I kept the daily mileage to a limit and drove about five or six models, some a few times, to be sure I liked or disliked them.

“The driver in me honors and respects the driver in you.” Courtesy recycledartco

I enjoyed a comfortable and safe ride with the 1998 Honda Civic LX sedan for 21 years and 162,000 miles. Now to break in the new car with a road trip!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Do a New Design and Name Erase the Past? No.

Obliterating the area’s history with the strokes of a brush/Courtesy of Rockland Report

Your intrepid reporter was not at today’s ceremony for the eastbound span for two reasons: mom is home from the nursing home, and she’s my first priority, and I have a new hip to protect. I look forward to driving on the new eastbound span tomorrow as it may offer a better view of what’s left of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Speaking of which . . .

Seems the best way to relabel signs is to do it at night when no one’s around . . . except those who work at night, come home at night and anyone else who will see. So the state will remove some signs and paint over others?

I’ve covered this project for the past six and one-half years and felt it was the most exciting project I covered, pitching it to editors that yielded stories in seven local and national publications. I feel obliterating the area’s history at whim and without a public hearing is wrong. You repeatedly said it’s a transparent project. How transparent was the decision to change the bridge’s name without public input and when no one was around?

Governor Cuomo, how transparent was this project when I requested information and was stalled repeatedly and then learned my hunch was correct? How strong was the state’s hesitation to produce information after you publicly said it would?

You spoke many times about the area’s beauty. Those who came before us felt the same, too, and then a bridge built was named to honor their heritage. It won’t be obliterated by new signs.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

A Bridge by Any Other (including a new) Name

So the new bridge will have a new name or a partially-new name: the Governor Mario Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge? No one is renaming Westchester or Rockland counties or the Hudson River. We (the United States) are late to the cable-stayed bridge party, which began long ago (decades, to be exact) in Europe.

Can you imagine folks 60-some years ago scratching their heads as four towers began rising from the river? Would it have been possible to even build those towers? As the first floating concrete batch plant arrived on the scene (no pun intended) in 1956 and was patented in 1966 (U.S. patent #3,251,484), imagine the caravan of supply trucks heading to the water.

Trucking through a snowstorm on the Tappan Zee Bridge (not the same day) /© Wn.com

The new bridge is nothing like the one that withstood 61 and one-half years of vehicles, trucks, vans, motorcycles, accidents, upgrades, repairs, attention, suicides, the elements and criticism.

Yet it also got a new name somewhere along the line as early on it was known as the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project. Say that three times fast.

People don’t like change, do they?” the technician who wheeled my dad into the room for a CAT scan asked. “At least, they don’t at first, and then, all of a sudden, they come around, and realize change is good.” He looked up at the TV on the wall, and then looked at me. I nodded.

His words stayed with me. I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Lane Closed on 9W in South Nyack This Week; One Lane Closed Part of Thursday Nr Tarrytown

trafficLast Friday I Tweeted Snoopy doing a happy dance because I sailed (not really) from the Sprain to I-287 to the Thruway, across the bridge to Nyack, and didn’t hit traffic until I was approaching Exit 12 at the Palisades Center. Not so bad, and it lightened up as I approached Exit 13S.

Saturday was a different situation starting with the Sprain approach. So. Much. Traffic. It was nearing 1 p.m., and I wondered what traffic announcements I’d missed. I post about them so I ought to know, right? There were none.

Maybe it was weekend traffic heading for the country, to pick up or take kids to camp or for-whatever-reason traffic.

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Alert to motorists per the latest press release from project officials:

One right northbound lane near Exit 9 will close from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 6.

In Rockland, southbound Route 9W (Hillside Avenue) in South Nyack, between Shadyside Avenue and South Franklin Street, is closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, reducing the road to one lane. Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) flaggers will direct traffic, alternating north- and southbound traffic as needed. Watch for added signage and other safety measures in place.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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