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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

Exit 10 Southbound Detour Next Two Nights

A red, white and blue picture from Upper Grandview/EarthCam® construction camera

A red, white and blue picture from Upper Grandview/EarthCam® construction camera

Tonight’s the Nyack Classic Car Night so I need to take Route 59 in Nyack for the Thruway southbound since the Exit 10 on-ramp is closed tonight and tomorrow night from 8 p.m. until 4:30 a.m.

I will forget.

And since today is Throwback Thursday, here’s a look at what the Visual Quality Panel was discussing two years ago.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Guest Blog: Your Voice Counts at the New NY Bridge Meetings

From David Aukland, Village of Tarrytown Liaison to the Replacement Bridge Project

Courtesy New York State Thruway Authority

Courtesy New York State Thruway Authority

Folks, please spread the word about this meeting, and come yourselves if you can. The NNYB team is working hard to build a great new bridge for us, so they want both to share the good news on plans and progress, and to seek comments, questions and ideas from everyone affected by it during construction and as future users. The design work for the bridge itself is mostly done – “engineering is 97% complete” – and attention is now turning to connecting it with the community.

This is the opportunity to voice your views on the shared use path for cyclists and walkers across the bridge, and ways to bring visitors from the bridge to the many and varied destinations in our village.

Families, friends and neighbors: come one, come all!

Meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. both days:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Washington Irving Middle School, 103 S. Broadway in Tarrytown

Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Nyack High School, 360 Christian Herald Rd. in Nyack

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Happy Anniversary: Two Years of Blogging

This year it was lemon cake on my birthday with coffee, milk no sugar. Nearly six months later marks another celebration: two years since I started this blog.

lemon cake

Suggestion took hold. Sure, why not. Blog about the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project. Say that three times fast. New NY Bridge. Easier to pronounce.

Observations, meetings, factoids, history, unturned nooks and crannies. Curious.

“Why don’t you rename it?” people asked me. “What does it mean?”

neon-bridge-lights-colorful

Look into a kaleidoscope, twist it various ways, and check out the amazing colors and designs. No two images are the same, and the picture constantly changes as you move the tube in your hands.

Committees, subcommittees, subgroups. Scenarios. Decisions. Moving parts that stopped and formed pictures. And different each time. My first interpretation of New York State’s monumental undertaking.

So I named it Kaleidoscope Eyes. Another year of questions, different and some are the same. New answers, more information. And still more questions to ask.

Thanks for following me here! I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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