Archive for the ‘shared use path’ Category

Falcon Eggs are waiting to Hatch; We wait, Too

Disappointing not to see a live falcon cam that’s fluid as now viewers have to click the time to see if the birds are there or not. It took me three clicks (I must have guessed correctly when I picked a time!) to see the falcon parents gone, and the four eggs soaking up the sunlight in their absence.

Waiting for the falcon eggs to hatch into eyases, waiting for the westbound span’s path, and the visitor center, to be completed and then open, waiting for Exit 10 traffic to find a routine, waiting for the remaining pieces of the Tappan Zee Bridge to be removed from the river . . . and waiting to know what our tolls will be once we reach New Year’s Day 2020.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

ICYMI: TZB Deconstruction & SUP Construction

Now that the Tappan Zee Bridge is disintegrating piece by piece (photo of steel plate composition above and hammer drill below courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority), and the new path is underway for a (date unknown) opening,

it’s time to resume walking. The distance will be more than 3.1 miles when you include the Westchester and Rockland landings.

How will traffic on the 12-foot-wide path be monitored? Suppose a walking group set out for a stroll one morning and meets a group of bicyclists heading in the opposite direction? How will they navigate their respective strides and directions?

Time for me to start walking again and prepare for the new 12-foot-wide concrete path without shade. Maybe bring an umbrella?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Glimpses of the Project from the NYSTA’s Lens

The scenic overlooks are taking shape. Seen from below is Fish and Ship, which is closest to Rockland. When finished, it will look like this:

This is a pretty view from the river between the spans and very different from the underbelly of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

The rebar-reinforced concrete wall extends the length of the bridge and will separate the westbound span’s shoulder from the new path.

Here’s why (bottom of page) you won’t see the falcon’s nest from the road. All photos are courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

As the western anchor span that helped support the Tappan Zee Bridge shrinks, crews continue working on state police Troop T’s new headquarters on the Thruway’s south side and the visitor center and maintenance facility on the north side, both near the Westchester landing, The new path is taking shape; you can see its entrance from that landing onto the bridge.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

The Path, the Dividing Line and a Curious Falcon

A foot bridge at River Road in South Nyack will connect the elevated bridge to Rockland and to the new path. Its precast concrete panels will be covered by more concrete to raise it to grade, per the project.

It was a “do I or don’t I” situation at approximately three p.m. yesterday (above), when the graceful bird finally decided to mug for this very cool photo (below).

The project team reports the photo below is the shared use path’s approximate midway point between Westchester and Rockland.

I wonder where signs like this from the old Tappan Zee Bridge will be placed on the new bridge and path. With the exception of said relic I snapped by luck one day, all photos are courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

About the merge from the newly-routed exit ramp to Route 9W: northbound traffic has a stop sign and has to yield to oncoming traffic.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

New Way to South Nyack; SUP visible from Road

That loopy turn at Exit 10 is more narrow and directs drivers to bear right for South Nyack. Once at the end of the exit ramp, it was difficult to make a wrong turn when the sign below was directing me.

Now on Hillside Avenue/Route 9W northbound, I drove to the S. Franklin Street Extension (east) and saw a westbound car try to share the lane with a bicyclist. You can see how narrow the road is and that it has no shoulders:

There was no way I could make a wrong turn at its end per the sign below.

I was unable to see much of the new path from Clinton Avenue; however, as I drove past Village Hall to the Thruway’s southbound entrance I noticed the in-construction path rising behind the building to where it will connect with the Esposito Trail.

Luckily, I avoided the pothole on the left side of the southbound entrance ramp (it’s just after turning right to the ramp). If you see a pothole on the Thruway or on one of its ramps, then report it at 1-800-POTHOLE (1.800.768.4653).

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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