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Esposito Trail is cleared for New Bridge’s Path

Crews are building a shared use path on the new bridge’s westbound span that has an extension directly into a South Nyack neighborhood, doesn’t connect to the Tarrytown train station and is 3.6 miles with little shade. Above is a photo of the Esposito Trail taken last July, when nature was at its seasonal finest.

Recent photo of the now-barren Esposito Trail in South Nyack taken by Kristy Leader

A new video promoting the path starts at the parking lot and bypasses the Clinton Avenue exit in South Nyack for which trees — lush and green in spring and summer — along the trail were removed from Clinton Avenue and South Franklin Street to Village Hall

Initial work on the path and tree removal began two months ago. To reiterate how I felt last year and still do, it’s hard for me to imagine what it will be like walking the trail, which will remain cinder, once the new path is built.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Solace and the Familiar Smell of the Ocean

Today was a beautiful day with a blue sky and blue river, perfect for checking out the project from the viewing area at Nyack’s Memorial Park. Mom loved people-watching from the car, eating ice cream and happy to spend a few hours with me. I missed her this afternoon.

The Hudson River smelled comforting like the ocean as I walked to the viewing area. One woman was sitting in the sun and returned my smile and comment. “I come here with the kids and don’t have to drive,” she said.

Since I was one of the few — very few — drivers holding to the speed limit, I was able to capture one of the crew working on the new maintenance building. This is where the shared use path will begin so it’s a good time to let you know I’ve been walking between seven and 10 miles per week for when the path opens in 2019.

This 12-foot-wide path (far right lane in the photo above) might fit three people abreast comfortably. Can’t see how people and bicycles can peaceably coexist on the path, especially if the walkers are strolling casually. Let’s hope so.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

New York State Prepared to & Did Bridge a Gap*

One of my favorite photos from that day: two members of the construction team watch the crowds prior to the opening ceremony for the new bridge’s westbound span. It was a hot August day, and dad’s golf hat was my lucky charm.

Westbound traffic moved to that span the following night. The Tappan Zee was our eastbound ride for the next six weeks, and then — with slightly less fanfare than its earlier transition — eastbound traffic moved to the new span.

One driver’s wish came true: he was the last ride on the Tappan Zee Bridge, and we had a new eastbound ride. In early November, its first section was removed.

Less of the Tappan Zee now as sections of it are removed to be repurposed per a Thruway Authority board decision in July. Crews continue building the eastbound span and — near the Westchester landing — the new maintenance facility, new building for state police south of the Thruway and the walking and bicycle path.

With its main span towers and piers lit in lavender, the new bridge looked pretty against the oncoming late August 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.

How many of you will remember 2017 as the year the Tappan Zee Bridge closed to traffic? Since last December, when the new bridge’s main span towers were completed, crews have been working toward its opening. The above-mentioned months stand out in my mind; your mileage may vary.

*Tag line for this blog is New York State Prepares to Bridge a Gap™

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Guest Blog: Bridge inspiration for Creative Mosaic

By Luis Barcelo

During the last week of October, my daughter’s Global History class in Ossining High School was asked to do a modern-day rendition of a Byzantine Empire mosaic.

Although the assignment originally called for students to take a selfie and use that as their foundation, my daughter asked if she could instead choose something that she sees every day. She lives in Ossining and spends a lot of time in Tarrytown, where the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is part of this landscape.

Leah took a picture of the bridge and decided that this would be the template for her pieces. She spent time pouring through magazines finding colors that reflected her vision and came up with a piece that I shared on the 10591 Facebook page.

It was nice to see the positive feedback from the members of this page and reminds me how lucky I am to have an artist in the family.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Longer wait: first span set to open in Fall 2017

Rendering of new Tappan Zee Bridge is courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority

What happened to late 2016, then early 2017 and then spring/summer 2017?

This is what I saw two days ago, when I stood at the doorway and looked out the window on the other side of the room. The view was probably 100 times better right in front of window; however, I stayed where I was because the woman who lives in that room wasn’t there.

I asked her later if I could view the bridge from her window, and she smiled. “What are they going to do about all that traffic?” she asked. I didn’t ask again.

Tarrytown Hall Care Center is where Tarrytown Hospital once stood, Assistant Administrator Amanda MacConnell LMSW told me during a tour of the facility.

Third floor rooms and its large day room offer clear views of the bridge project.

A few people there ask when will it be finished and how will it help the traffic in Westchester and Rockland. Word has it that the span will open in the fall. What happened to Governor Cuomo’s talk about additional unknowns: the built-in contract incentives for finishing the project before spring 2018 or penalties for completing it later?

Cuomo’s comment was during an October 2014 press conference: when asked about the task force he proposed in 2012 to address this, he cited variables.

“We don’t know how much we will we get from the federal government, how much we will get from the state; there are state loans and grants we can access,” he said. Additional unknowns are the built-in contract incentives for Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) to finish the project before spring 2018 or penalties for completing it later.

“Once you have those numbers, then you can come up with a plan about how to do it, what commuters should pay, on-hour, off-hour, etc.,” he said.

Higher than they are now seems about right.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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