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Lower Hudson Transit Link starts this Month

Above is the westbound lane (from left to right): median shoulder, next two lanes for passenger cars only, next two lanes are travel lanes (not limited to passenger vehicles), then a bus lane/emergency access lane, then a shoulder and finally the path and overlooks. Renderings are from the NYS Department of Transportation.

Red/green ramp meter signals will be installed from Exit 14A in Rockland County to Exit 4 in Westchester County and will regulate vehicular flow entering the highway to manage roadway congestion. Three will be intalled in Westchester by the end of October 2018; the others will be installed in 2019 and 2020.

A dedicated lane on each span of the new bridge can save up to five minutes on typical weekday commutes and additional time travel when there are major traffic incidents. The state police also enforce proper lane use. Look for the lane on the eastbound span at the end of this month and on the westbound span when the new path is finished in 2019.

New York State Police will enforce traffic rules at the ramp meters; drivers who fail to stop at a red ramp meter light can be fined the equivalent of a regular traffic signal violation.

For information, visit http://www.dot.ny.gov/LHTL.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Eastbound Span opens this Saturday: Lower Hudson Transit Link Routes begin October 29

GPI crew mugs for the Thruway Authority’s camera during tour of new eastbound span

Four lanes of eastbound-bound traffic will move onto the new eastbound span Friday overnight. Crews have been dismantling the Tappan Zee Bridge since it was retired last October and building the second span while the westbound span accommodated two-way traffic.

Before the end of October, the Lower Hudson Transit Link will begin commuter bus service between Rockland and Westchester counties.

Its four new bus lines between Suffern and White Plains, some with overlapping stops, include Suffern to the Palisades Center, Monsey to White Plains, and two routes from the West Nyack mall: one to the Tarrytown train station and the other to White Plains with a stop at the train station.

Transit signal priority that keep lights green when buses approach an intersection is one of several Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) improvements provided by LHTL. The system replaces the current Tappan ZEExpress lines Suffern to White Plains and Spring Valley to Tarrytown (via Nyack).

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™

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Throwback Thursday: Four Years Earlier . . .

Spring after the project started: “Figure Sitting at RiverWalk Park”/© J. Rosman 2013

Tomorrow’s presidential inauguration has been the focus of media coverage and attention nationwide and around the world: a new leader will be sworn into office, a testament to our democracy.

Today for Throwback Thursday I’m noting the anniversary of another event: four years ago yesterday NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli approved the contract with Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge. At the time it was called the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project.

Crews began pre-construction work two months later.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

All Lanes on the Bridge are Open this Weekend

Major Deegan traffic

Car by car, traffic inched painfully slowly towards the Major Deegan Expressway. “That’s the problem with the Bronx,” mom said. “They don’t widen the highway.”

Our trip to the city midweek took more than one hour in each direction. Some landmarks are gone, too, like the old Yankee Stadium. In its place is Heritage Field, a 10-acre park not visible from the highway.

Traffic from Port Chester to Suffern remains an issue after plans for a corridor project became a bridge project. No need to worry about that now: all lanes on the bridge are open for the holiday weekend.

Have a fun few days, stay safe and don’t text or talk on the phone while driving.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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