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Now and Then and a Changing Hudson Valley

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This year the first span opens, and the Hudson Valley will again change. I love this photo of the kids looking at the construction and see it symbolizing the future, their future, as the figure below imagined his future years before.

Craig Long, historian for the Villages of Suffern and Montebello and the Town of Ramapo, discussed previous ideas for a Hudson River crossing last summer.

Courtesy of the Westchester County Archives

Courtesy of the Westchester County Archives

I focused on his narrative about Nanuet Assemblyman Fred Horn, the “Father of the Bridge,” who rallied for one-quarter century for such a project.

Long said a bridge (railroad) was proposed from Piermont to Hastings as early 1905 with calls continuing for the next 20 or so years. It gained traction, he said, when Horn took office, proposing a bill in 1930 for a bridge from Piermont to Hastings with Hook Mountain and Rockland Lake as other locations.

During the next two years Horn proposed a bridge, then a bridge/tunnel from Snedens Landing to Dobb’s Ferry.

Here’s where the sparks begin to fly.

thenGood idea except the proposed site was within the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s 25-mile jurisdiction, and it would need to approve, and then, operate the project. The proposals failed as did Horn when he ran for re-election.

“In 1935, the Rockland Causeway-Tunnel Authority was created with a drive to bridge the Hudson from Nyack to Tarrytown,” Long said in an email. “As studies begin, no determination is made as to whether Upper Nyack, Nyack, or South Nyack will be the bridge’s terminus. In August of that year, it is central Nyack; by October it is South Nyack, Voorhis Point.

tzb-signThe following March (1936) Grand View was chosen as a potential landing site; by August the War Department approved it and Tarrytown on the Westchester side. While Hook Mountain again a choice the northern location didn’t sit well with Zoning Commissioner Elmer Hader, who gained support for nixing the idea, or with residents.

Long wrote, “In October of that year, the Journal News took a straw poll on the idea of a Hudson River crossing and where it should be located” with an unscientific tally of 792 in favor and 405 opposed. Grand View was the favored location 391 votes (not residents). Results from boring led the state to abandon the project one month later. Last fall marked 80 years since that straw poll.

Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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

Less than One Week Until Cashless Tolling Starts

Seen also in yellow at some TZB E-ZPass® lanes/ Rob Jones

Seen also in yellow at some TZB E-ZPass® lanes/ Rob Jones

Time is running out. I’m going to do it next week. Made myself a promise.

In addition to choosing lanes at the toll plaza and choosing how to pay when cashless tolling starts — if you don’t have an E-ZPass® tag on your car — you have another choice . . . and there’s less than a week for this option.

C’mon, don’t you want to drive through the toll plaza one last time? That is, if you don’t regularly commute over the bridge.

In addition to lines — and soon no more of those — there were often traffic and delays, like the night crews paved the Thruway. Horrific traffic, a nightmare! I drove into a parking lot before the toll plaza, where cars lined up and inched through at a painstakingly slow pace.

Once through the toll it was bedlam because vehicles — with nowhere to move — were at angles, some sideways, as they jockeyed to find any empty space within toll lanes merging into fewer ones on I-87.

Note the lane closures this week, and triple-lane closures the following weekend.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Coming April 23: No More Lane-Guessing Games

I did it last month and will probably do it again. Maybe you’ve done it: jockeying for the correct lane you after you cross the main span en route to the toll plaza.

Now drivers can pass through the first two lanes - on the far left - at 35 miles per hour.

Now drivers can pass through the first two lanes – on the far left – at 35 miles per hour.

There are a few reminders to tell you which lanes accept cash and E-ZPass® and which are E-ZPass® only lanes. Maybe you changed your mind about how to pay or saw another lane moving faster than yours. Maybe you were in the wrong payment lane as you got to the toll plaza.

Signs informing drivers of toll plaza lanes/Photo: Steve Alpert, http://www.alpsroads.net

Signs informing drivers of toll plaza lanes/Photo: Steve Alpert, http://www.alpsroads.net

No more human smile while paying cash or a smiley face when your E-ZPass® tag registers at the Tarrytown toll plaza. Look for new lane configurations there once cashless tolling starts on April 23. You’ll have no decision about which lane to take; 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

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