Archive for the ‘Regulated Navigation Area’ Category

Holiday Weekend: Keep in Mind Boater Safety

There’s a silence to this photo taken from seven and one-half miles south of the bridges. One bridge nearly completed and one partially-dismantled bridge that was cause for celebration and dismay when it opened: another way to cross the Hudson River at irreparable cost to a village.

Recently, I heard stories about the Tappan Zee Bridge from someone who moved to the area as a child and who loved to swim in the river it crossed. It must have been fun way back then to swim in a clean river with keeping cool the only aims.

While the Hudson’s not for humans it is for boats (neat segue, right?) as Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. I’ve been on the Hudson numerous times, thanks to this project. Never been on a sailboat or a small craft. Hint, hint, maybe an invitation.

Remember, the project is still an active construction site. Earlier this month, the main span channel was closed when crews removed the center section of the old bridge.

Have fun, be safe, obey the rules and keep all required supplies, including first aid, aboard. Enjoy!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Boater Safety Rules for the Bridge Project Site

You know boating near the project site is restricted and dangerous, right? Not watch-out-for-sharks dangerous yet close to it. (Pity the kayaker above!)

From the New NY Bridge website:

• Stay clear of all overhead work and maintain a safe distance of 1,000 feet from all construction equipment and support vessels.

• Use the center 600 feet of the Main Channel (when available) to navigate in a north-south direction with no wake at a maximum speed of five knots.

• All bridge piers and abutments are protected by a 25-yard security zone.

• No unauthorized vessels are allowed in the Safety Zone surrounding 16 construction barge mooring locations. Lighted buoys mark the zone and mooring locations.

• Regulated Navigation Areas (RNAs) stretch 500 yards north and 500 yards south of the existing bridge. No vessel may stop, moor, anchor or loiter within the RNAs.

• The Eastern RNA will be extremely active and vessels transitioning to and from the eastern shoreline at Tarrytown should approach and depart to the north. The Western RNA will be impassable at times and mariners should stay clear of the area.

• Lighted channel markers provide recreational boater access to the Piermont waterfront.

• Construction barges and other vessels on the site are being tracked by GPS technology.

• TZC will monitor Marine Radio Channel 16 to communicate with boaters.

The New York State Thruway Authority provides this information as a public service. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. Nothing in these guidelines shall supersede the actual construction conditions, and regulations set forth by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Watch out for fins in the water! I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Connecting Rockland Approach, a fifth Gantry and ongoing Main Span Channel Closures

Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse seen from the new bridge’s westbound span/© Janie Rosman 2016

Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse seen from the new bridge’s westbound span/© Janie Rosman 2016

Since media were invited onto the new westbound span, crews connected the Westchester approach and the main span, the Rockland approach and the main span are being connected, and there will soon be a fifth overhead gantry. Did we miss the fourth?

channel-closures

Tha main span navigation channel continues to be closed periodically until next December. While boaters may be pleased to hear this, I’d like to enjoy the spring, summer and fall before winter comes around again.

Click here for complete information.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Initial RNAs

girders and super crane

Recently the U.S. Coast Guard established a 200-yard safety zone around the I Lift NY super crane per the Thruway Authority’s request and will remain in effect until the bridge opens in 2018 as will established and new boater safety rules.

As nana would say, it’s nearer than farther.

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This was nearly three years ago:

Updated safety information in the U.S. Coast Guard’s revised Notice to Mariners includes establishing a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) 300 yards north and 200 yards south of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge.

All boaters are required to use the main channel, reduce wake and use extreme caution while transiting the area. If necessary, the Coast Guard in the future may temporarily prohibit all vessel traffic in the RNA for safety purposes.

Activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL. The Coast Guard boating safety information — excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website.

Utility work on River Road in South Nyack continues through November, and “will involve reducing the roadway to one lane during daytime hours,” per an update from the New NY Bridge. Temporary coverings during non-construction times will cause uneven surfaces for drivers and bicyclists; caution and slower speeds are advised.

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Detailed information — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — is also listed on the project website.  A LNM primer is here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Boater Checklists: Safety Supplies and USCG Rules

Your intrepid reporter with protective glasses, flotation device, hard hat, and sturdy shoes.

Your intrepid reporter with protective glasses, flotation device, hard hat, and sturdy shoes.

Remember when Governor Cuomo signed the Safe Boating Law in September 2013 and the initial boater safety roundtable one month later?

Effective May 1, 2014, anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, must 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.

Boaters can find the U.S. Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners excerpted and in its entirety under Boater Safety Information on the bridge project’s website. A LNM primer is here.

This morning the Coast Guard’s District One (where we and the New NY Bridge project are) arrived via email:

The USCG District One Local Notice to Mariners http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm01212016.pdf  (21-2016) is now available for download. This link must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

You can find frequently asked questions about boating here.  This Throwback Thursday picture is from a media boat tour about two years ago (June 2014).

Have fun, stay safe and enjoy the long weekend.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

 

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