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Construction Continues; Demolition a Possibility

Here’s a look at the new bridge’s shared use path that will curve to meet the Westchester landing. Photos courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

You may or may not be able to see where the path meets the landing (above). However, you can see one of the scenic overlooks near Rockland taking shape.

And here’s a river view of an overlook on the westbound span near Westchester.

If you enlarge the above photo, then you’ll see the section of the old bridge, whose faulty joint postponed the opening of the new bridge’s eastbound span, behind it.

An article dated Dec. 6, 2018, in The Wall Street Journal said, “Contractors are considering using explosives to bring down a damaged section of the old Tappan Zee Bridge in a controlled demolition, according to a federal official.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Hanukkah symbolized in LED Lighting Display

The bridge was lit up for Hanukkah; the weather cast an eeriness across the stay cables in the above photo, courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority. This year as others, I opened our electric menorah and began turning bulbs, one night at a time. Passersby and people glancing out of their windows could see our menorah and five lit candles through the blinds.

We first saw that lighting this time last year. I wonder what it will be like walking or bicycling across the shared use path at night with those lights ablaze.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

The Little Yellow Line next to the Esposito Trail

Had to see the trail for myself after reading posts and viewing pictures. I wasn’t prepared for my reaction and got teary as I stood on the corner while cars passed or turned around me. It looked barren and sad; no solace that signs pointing to a detour were posted.

The yellow line that was part of a parking concept a few years ago resulted in the destruction of nature and a path I liked to walk on occasion. I still don’t know why the bridge’s path had to enter a neighborhood. Why couldn’t it continue to the parking lot and connect from there with another route?

The little yellow line next to the Esposito Trail is coming and is the reality above.

“We want to ensure that the concept chosen will be the best for our residents and will eliminate parking from our streets while allowing for economic development,” Christian told the Rockland County Times Wednesday (from my 2015 article).

Relief that the SUP terminus was moved from the corner of Cornelison Avenue and South Broadway resulted in construction next to the Esposito Trail, where crews will build the share used path spur.

I saw the above flowers growing to the left of the closed trail entrance and hope they weren’t uprooted. Nature is resilient and will bloom again in the spring. The bridge will not solve congestion from Port Chester to Suffern; it balloons onto the Sprain Brook Parkway’s exit lane as cars trying to merge onto I-287 are jockeying with cars that want to take Exit 2.

The new bridge has safety features and extra lanes; however, there have been numerous accidents and traffic jams during its short life. Did the extra lanes help? How will the traffic be resolved by adding bicycles lanes along Rockland and Westchester roads? Please don’t take more lanes from already congested routes.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

New Windows and Info at Outreach Centers

Socks, sneakers and wheels indicate a sign of the path to come/NYS Thruway Authority

Last week, I visited Nyack Outreach Center and missed the bicycle spokes and socks. Interesting visuals; the inside showed the new path and six overlooks. Now that the bridge is finished, crews continue working on the path and landings, its buildings and the new state police headquarters.

The only thing the new bridge hasn’t changed is the traffic. Maybe one day?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Afternoon Traffic continues despite New Bridge

Here’s the view from Westchester Avenue this afternoon near 4 p.m. as traffic was backed beyond Exit 8 on I-287 eastbound. How did the new bridge resolve corridor congestion? This continues to be a familiar site.

It’s an average of 8.6 miles from the exit sign on Westchester Avenue in White Plains to 303 S. Broadway in Tarrytown. Wonder how long it took the drivers to reach the bridge?

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Of all the ongoing work, what saddens me most is the Esposito Trail, closed for two months from Clinton Avenue and South Franklin Street to Village Hall. You’ll have to detour to South Broadway and through Elizabeth Place Park.

Per the project team:

“Additionally, crews will continue drilling and installing piles along Hillside Avenue, necessitating temporary lane closures. Flag persons will keep traffic moving by alternating the directional flow between east and west. Ramp construction will also continue for the new connection between Interchange 10 and Hillside Avenue.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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