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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

ICMYI: Link to Opening Ceremony for New Span

Here is one of the stories you’ve been waiting for with photos from last week’s opening ceremony. The above traffic pattern remains in effect until eastbound traffic moves to the new span within a few months.

What you can’t see (and I won’t show) are blisters I got from walking around in socks and steel-toed shoes for four hours. Would I do it again? YES!

More details and photos of the new span in this week’s Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Friday Night Traffic Switch: Four Lanes E and W

How did the Thruway Authority switch westbound traffic from the Tappan Zee Bridge to the westbound span of the new bridge Friday night? Here’s how.

Four lanes of traffic on the new westbound span and four lanes of traffic on the current bridge (see above) will continue through the fall, when eastbound traffic will shift to the new westbound.

Watch for detailed stories in next week’s issue of the Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Westbound Span: Lane Switches and New Ride

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

Traffic was steady, the silence interrupted by sirens wailing. Only when I re-entered the Thruway from South Nyack did I see flashing red-and-blue lights with a state trooper and a car in the far left lane at the point where the left lane ends.

Hopefully, no one was hurt, I told the Thruway Authority worker standing at the Route 119 on-ramp in Tarrytown shortly before 9 p.m. He was there to supervise the barricade process. Numerous drivers stopped to ask why the entrance was closed and wanted to turn right from Route 119 despite notices from the Thruway Authority during the past week.

The next day . . .

Awesome ride on the new bridge: no thumpity-thump noises or any noises and a smooth roadway to South Nyack. A few vehicles crossed over the white line despite safety warnings: there are no grids or raised metal in the road to tell them when their tires cross that line.

Included are unobstructed views of the Hudson River and the eastbound span.

Watch for detailed stories in next week’s issue of the Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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