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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

Changes at Thruway Authority Helm and on Board

The bridge made a very cool photo backdrop during media tours and still does!

Last month Governor Cuomo nominated Bill Finch, who was until then mayor of Bridgeport (where my dad was born), Acting Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation (subject to State Senate confirmation).

Looked like perfect weather for him and Project Director Jamey Barbas that day.

Best wishes to Mr. Finch in his new role.

Returning and new Thruway Authority board members are former state budget director Robert L. Megna and former State Senator Stephen M. Saland.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Three Lanes in Each Direction, Traffic Congestion

ice cream stand

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a ride in the country, and we had a terrific time!

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west on the ThruwayMy friend and I left later than planned for our day trip upstate. Some define “upstate” as Westchester, some as Rockland. We planned to take Exit 16 and agreed it starts (for us) somewhere around New Paltz or Kingstson (Exits 18 or 19) off the Thruway.

It took us less time to get from my friend’s house to 287 near Exit 2 (I took the Sprain) than it did to get from that point to the bridge’s approach span. Given that it was Father’s Day, we anticipated some traffic; this amount was ridiculous.

trafficRecently I followed an online discussion and traffic on the Thruway and what happens when the new bridge is completed. Those were my thoughts as I drove; she read my mind and asked what happens if the Thruway remains three lanes in each direction?

Above is what we saw past Exit 9 westbound around 1:30 p.m. yesterday.

east on the Thruway Doesn’t look so bad, right? Probably not, compared to what happened when we were past Exit 15 on the way home (around 7 p.m.), where traffic crawled from there to bridge for the next 45 minutes. As I drove we took turns commenting about the traffic. “What’s going to happen when the bridge opens?”

Stop-and-go traffic continued until Exit 10 (left) and across the bridge to exit Exit 9. We talkI told her about the corridor project that became the bridge project.

east on the Thruway 2A partial answer to the congestion west of the bridge in Rockland and east of it in Westchester is a new bus rapid transit system. While not an expansion, this solution was discussed last year, and money to implement it was infused months later.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Grants Awarded to Hudson River Communities


Exciting news for seven villages came via $1.5 million in state grants to fund recreational, cultural and infrastructure projects.

Keeping its environmental commitments for the bridge project, the Thruway Authority partnered with the New York Department of State, Riverkeeper, Inc. and Scenic Hudson.

In Westchester:

Tarrytown will receive $300,000 for new playground equipment, furnishings, safety surfacing and brook stabilization at Patriots Park, while Sleepy Hollow’s $246,000 will build a Hudson River Plaza waterfront park. Irvington will use its $187,090 for streetscape improvements to its Theater District.

In Rockland:

Piermont’s $250,000 grant will raise and repave Ferry Road against future storm damage, while Nyack plans to build a pedestrian bridge over the inlet between Memorial Park and its public boat launch and marina with the $195,000 it will receive.

South Nyack will use its $163,200 grant to renovate the tennis courts, and build a shade canopy for the children’s playground, at Franklin Street Park, and Upper Nyack’s $158,710 will build a new sidewalk along North Broadway.

All parties said these positive moves will revitalize the communities, help ensure their access to the river and enhance and improve their recreational opportunities.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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