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Renderings for Walking/Bicycle Path Terminus

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This morning the store was empty. Its parking lot offered numerous spaces from which to choose, and there was no line waiting to pay for items.

“You should have been here yesterday,” the cashier said as she rang up my purchase. “The lines were around the store, and people were complaining that they had no place to park.”

Yesterday I had no interest in crowded places and worked on an article that will post next week. My neighborhood was quiet, the roads were as empty as the store I went to this morning, and it felt like everything stopped.

The previous weeks were busy, and I missed the meeting in South Nyack during which the village and the Thruway Authority presented renderings for the shared use path terminus in Rockland that will open in 2018.

Good news continues for the village. To recap:

In spring 2015 the state agreed to relocate the Rockland terminus (landing point) away from residential village streets to Thruway property near Exit 10 with adjacent parking.

The above rendering, courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority, is one of four presented during the November 15 meeting.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

New Bridge, New Path Design, a New Beginning

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“You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.” — author James R. Sherman, Ph. D.

What an exciting time for South Nyack! After more than 60 years the village is looking forward to new possibilities as the bridge project makes — and changes — history.

Last year the state agreed to relocate the Rockland terminus (landing point) away from residential village streets to Thruway property near Exit 10 with adjacent parking.

Last week Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the village’s preferred option for the path’s landing, “Alternative F” at $16 million, was chosen after a thorough review of its impacts and benefits to the local communities.

Watch for an update in the July 2016 issue of Rivertown Magazine.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Cool Nighttime Pictures: TZB Toll Plaza Transition

Remember this? Seems like it was just yesterday. Video and photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

Another page in Tappan Zee Bridge, and Hudson Valley, history has begun.

Today we’re visiting a friend upstate and will be returning around 6 p.m. or later. During a similar trip last year southbound traffic started backing up near Exit 14B and crunched at the toll plaza, where drivers will now see new lane configurations

No more decisions about which lane to take or waiting behind a slow driver, who sometimes was me. Back in the days of coin boxes I’d sometimes miss the box, which meant turning off the ignition, taking out the key and opening the door to look for the money.

Your only choice — if you don’t have E-ZPass® — will be how to pay the bill.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Trio of Traffic Events Starting Tonight at 9 p.m.

Today’s the last day for using E-ZPass® and cash lanes at the Tarrytown toll plaza. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

Before that happens three southbound lanes between Exits 10 and 9 will close — two at 9 p.m., one at midnight — and will reopen tomorrow at 8 a.m.

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Three toll plaza lanes will be open from 11 p.m. to midnight; speed is limited to 20 miles per hour. After midnight — and when the last fare has been paid in Tarrytown — the electronic gantry will be activated.

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So . . . if you’re driving to Westchester and clear the gantry seconds before midnight, then yours may be one of the last vehicles to drive through the toll plaza. Speed remains 20 mph.

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Drivers will have five more lanes to use after 6 a.m. at the same speed. It’s 35 mph for the two left lanes until May, when the next construction phase begins.

The Exit 10 on-ramp in South Nyack will close at 10 p.m. and will reopen tomorrow at 5 a.m. Additionally, traffic between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Exit 11 to the bridge will be stopped from time to time.

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I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Across the River: Talk of Fares, No Bridge-park

Another familiar view has changed: approach to bridge’s main span/© Janie Rosman 2016

Another familiar view has changed: approach to bridge’s main span/© Janie Rosman 2016

It happened today. I told you I would do it, and I did.

This afternoon a friend and I spent the afternoon shopping/browsing. She hadn’t crossed the bridge in a while and neither had I so that was that.

People living at the Quay in Tarrytown might not have been happy with how close the I Lift NY was to their windows — I figure it was close to them since it loomed near the Westchester side — yet we got a great view on the way to Rockland. Coming back was even better since the super crane was facing the roadway.

Everyone I meet talks about the bridge! We were in a department store looking at Mother’s Day gifts, and I remarked it has a different layout from the same one I shop at in Westchester.

“I take the bridge to college in White Plains three times a week,” the young lady behind the counter said, and the conversation was off and running. She was happy the TAPPAN ZEExpress was a good price and said it was fun to see how much progress has been made on the new bridge.

Only a few days remain until the electronic toll gantry is activated/© Janie Rosman 2016

Only a few days remain until the electronic toll gantry is activated/© Janie Rosman 2016

“Are they going to keep the old bridge so we can have that park and walk across?” she asked.

I told her about the walking path on the new bridge and said the current bridge will be taken down so the new one can be finished and can connect to the highway. “No floating bridge-park,” I said.

We talked for a few more minutes, and my friend said she was glad there won’t be any toll increases for a few years.

“As long as my bus fare stays the same,” the college student said.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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