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Driving on all Four Lanes of the New Bridge

Yesterday I went to South Nyack and checked out the new bridge’s two outer lanes, which will become the shared use path (far right lane) and breakdown lane (second from right).

Not a bad ride, even with the gratings and the concrete strip that indicates where the shared use path divider will be built. And yes, the two left lanes were a bit smoother than the two right lanes.

When eastbound traffic moves to the new span, its two left lanes will also be a smoother ride than its two outer lanes. This arrangement is temporary until the eastbound span opens in 2018.

For the next few months, motorists have four westbound lanes on the new bridge and four eastbound lanes on the old bridge, the latter with that familiar thumpity-thump sound. Those empty lanes are being used as a construction area.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

ICMYI: Link to Opening Ceremony for New Span

Here is one of the stories you’ve been waiting for with photos from last week’s opening ceremony. The above traffic pattern remains in effect until eastbound traffic moves to the new span within a few months.

What you can’t see (and I won’t show) are blisters I got from walking around in socks and steel-toed shoes for four hours. Would I do it again? YES!

More details and photos of the new span in this week’s Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Friday Night Traffic Switch: Four Lanes E and W

How did the Thruway Authority switch westbound traffic from the Tappan Zee Bridge to the westbound span of the new bridge Friday night? Here’s how.

Four lanes of traffic on the new westbound span and four lanes of traffic on the current bridge (see above) will continue through the fall, when eastbound traffic will shift to the new westbound.

Watch for detailed stories in next week’s issue of the Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Westbound Span: Lane Switches and New Ride

With its main span towers and piers lit in lavender, the new bridge looked pretty against the oncoming night sky. I kept thinking, “Purple reigns on the Hudson Valley” (photo courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority) as I crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge westbound for the last time last night.

Traffic was steady, the silence interrupted by sirens wailing. Only when I re-entered the Thruway from South Nyack did I see flashing red-and-blue lights with a state trooper and a car in the far left lane at the point where the left lane ends.

Hopefully, no one was hurt, I told the Thruway Authority worker standing at the Route 119 on-ramp in Tarrytown shortly before 9 p.m. He was there to supervise the barricade process. Numerous drivers stopped to ask why the entrance was closed and wanted to turn right from Route 119 despite notices from the Thruway Authority during the past week.

The next day . . .

Awesome ride on the new bridge: no thumpity-thump noises or any noises and a smooth roadway to South Nyack. A few vehicles crossed over the white line despite safety warnings: there are no grids or raised metal in the road to tell them when their tires cross that line.

Included are unobstructed views of the Hudson River and the eastbound span.

Watch for detailed stories in next week’s issue of the Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

One Last Summer for Clear Views of the TZB

It was five years ago that three companies responded to the state’s Request for Proposal with approximately 750,000 pages packed into about 70 boxes, and by a 4 p.m. deadline in late July.

Lots of numbers.

The following year at this time, oyster harvesting was completed, dredging was underway, and you had one last chance to capture a clear view of the Tappan Zee Bridge on film.

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Mom had her second follow-up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon last week, and Friday I brought a pair of her shoes and socks to the nursing facility. It was the first time in three months that she wore both, and she was excited.

I was sitting sideways in the back of the ambulette on the return trip speaking with mom and the driver, Henry, who said he can’t wait for the new bridge to open because reliability is imperative for him.

“I see the new bridge many times a week because I pick up people in Rockland,” Henry said. “Sometimes I am stuck in traffic with someone in the ambulette, and we are late for where we are going.”

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The week before last, I witnessed the aftermath of a large truck that overturned onto its right side where the Exit 5 ramp makes a sharp turn to meet Route 119. Numerous EMS vehicles, police cars, a truck recovery vehicle and officers were at the scene. It’s a dangerous curve for cars that often back up beyond that point — although it’s a two-lane merge — when Route 119 is congested.

Additionally, as I wrote in a recent article, White Plains is not one of the seven Metro-North stations that participates in its Guaranteed Ride Home program. I still feel ARUP was incorrect to map a commuter bus route from Rockland County to White Plains.

Watch for latest project details in this Thursday’s Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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