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Observations about New Bridge’s Eastbound Ride

Partly sunny weather was perfect for checking out the new eastbound ride. I was Rockland-bound to pick up copies of the October issue of Rivertown Magazine. (My story about haunted places in the county begins on page 46.) Despite posted signs, so many cars and trucks whizzed by!

As my focus was the eastbound ride — until last Friday, the westbound span was open to single-direction traffic — I enjoyed the familiar view and started to count the vehicles passing me.

On the way back, I saw signs on South Broadway in South Nyack telling drivers River Road is closed and to use 9W South. Eastbound drivers are redirected from the former to the new approach span.

It’s a little disconcerting to see the gantries facing the other way. Each has one overhead message telling trucks and trailers not to use the left lane. A 45-miles-per-hour speed limit sign is posted on their poles as well.

It was only natural to look over at the Tappan Zee Bridge. Once I neared the new span’s Westchester landing, I saw in the distance construction crews and a faint cloud of dust at the TZB’s landing as the removal process begins.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

TZB’s Final Curtain Call & a New Eastbound Ride

A mysterious driver was the last car across the 3.1-mile span last night honking what sounded like an ooga horn. Photos courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

My last ride across the Tappan Zee Bridge was about 70 minutes earlier. As with the westbound trip, I had to drive it one last time. OK, I drove westbound twice. Just because.

My friend, photographer and writer Frank LoBuono, drove eastbound on the new span earlier today and shared his descriptive observations and thoughts.  You can ride along with him and cross the river vicariously here.

Were you on the Tappan Zee last night near the time of its final curtain call?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

 

One Last Ride on the TZB and My Observations

The thing about driving across the bridge is you have to get to the bridge, and this can be tricky. Due to a schedule change today I went to see mom at the rehab during the time I planned to be Rockland-bound.

One bottleneck is an exit from the Sprain Brook Parkway north that leads to I-287 westbound. Contributing to traffic on the Sprain is construction just past that exit. Add to the mess the ramp itself, where cars trying to merge onto I-287 are jockeying with cars that want to take Exit 2 (above photo). One impatient driver jumped the solid white line.

While I didn’t see the new facade on the building housing the Outreach Center in daylight, I did drive by tonight. I left mom around 8:15 p.m. and stood outside the facility speaking with someone for about 10 minutes. With an eye on the clock because I had to get in one last Tappan Zee Bridge ride, I drove to Nyack.

At that hour, you’d think everyone was where he or she wanted to be. Nope. My new 20/20 vision let me see everything clearly, including the consistent brake lights from cars ahead. The only time I used my high beams was a few seconds when I exited at South Nyack.

Drove to Main Street in Nyack and turned left to see the new facade that’s getting attention (my comments included) on Facebook. IMHO, the design looks out-of-place next to its neighboring buildings.

About the bridge . . .

The eight main span towers were dark as if they were letting the Tappan Zee Bridge have the spotlight one last time. I got onto the Thruway heading east around 8:42 p.m. and a minute later looked at the familiar strands of lights that some liken to pearls. This is the view that we saw from the bus on the way home from college during weekends.

I didn’t take pictures of either bridge tonight and wondered how many people really knew it was their last ride on the Tappan Zee. They’ll find out soon enough.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Six Decades of Vehicles on TZB end Tonight

Today is the last chance for eastbound Thruway drivers to see the above view. Opposite-direction traffic begins tonight on the new span (photo below courtesy of  New York State Thruway Authority).

Best wishes to the driver who plans to be the last ride across the span. I’m going to Rockland today — and will also visit the Outreach Center and its new facade — and shall, of course, take my last ride across the bridge. My memories date back to college: coming home from SUNY Oneonta and seeing lights as the bus moved past Nyack and South Nyack.

Much as I’m nostalgic, the new bridge offers a great view of the Hudson Valley, unobstructed if you stay in the right lane.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

New span: open to eastbound traffic Friday Night

Five, four, three, two, ONE! Counting down to Friday night (October 6), when Westchester-bound traffic moves to the new bridge’s westbound span. Things are rolling along ahead of time, a few weeks earlier than planned, weather permitting.

Multiple lanes will be closed, and traffic will be stopped so the landings can be reconfigured, and lanes can be striped. Rockland-bound lanes are not affected.

From now until the eastbound span opens next fall, four opposite-direction lanes will be separated by a concrete barrier. Next comes demolition of the Tappan Zee Bridge’s landings so the eastbound span can be connected.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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