Eastbound Span Ceremony, Lane Shift Delayed

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The eastbound span of the new bridge was supposed to have opened overnight; however, according to media reports, state police confirmed the lane switch would not take place and gave no reason.

Remaining Tappan Zee Bridge is now safety concern/EarthCam® construction camera

What remains of the Tappan Zee Bridge — two pieces of the main span — is said to be unstable, and there’s fear it might collapse. Boats are prohibited from traveling through the main span channel.

Hang tight, folks. Safety first.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Do a New Design and Name Erase the Past? No.

Obliterating the area’s history with the strokes of a brush/Courtesy of Rockland Report

Your intrepid reporter was not at today’s ceremony for the eastbound span for two reasons: mom is home from the nursing home, and she’s my first priority, and I have a new hip to protect. I look forward to driving on the new eastbound span tomorrow as it may offer a better view of what’s left of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Speaking of which . . .

Seems the best way to relabel signs is to do it at night when no one’s around . . . except those who work at night, come home at night and anyone else who will see. So the state will remove some signs and paint over others?

I’ve covered this project for the past six and one-half years and felt it was the most exciting project I covered, pitching it to editors that yielded stories in seven local and national publications. I feel obliterating the area’s history at whim and without a public hearing is wrong. You repeatedly said it’s a transparent project. How transparent was the decision to change the bridge’s name without public input and when no one was around?

Governor Cuomo, how transparent was this project when I requested information and was stalled repeatedly and then learned my hunch was correct? How reticent was the state’s hesitation to produce information after you publicly said it would?

You spoke many times about the area’s beauty. Those who came before us felt the same, too, and then a bridge built was named to honor their heritage. It won’t be obliterated by new signs.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Eastbound Span fully open by Saturday Morning

Photo of new eastbound span/Mike Groll at the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The new eastbound span opens Friday night during the first of two traffic shifts, weather permitting (Shift 1). If you’re Westchester-bound, then plan for lane closures and brief traffic stops so workers can reconfigure the landings and stripe the lanes at both ends of the new span. This doesn’t affect westbound traffic.

There will be two traffic stops of up to 20 minutes on Westchester-bound lanes near Exit 10 in South Nyack for the Thruway Authority and crews to stage operations, stripe lanes and shift barriers and equipment. All four lanes will be open by 7 a.m. Saturday.

In coming weeks, Rockland-bound traffic will shift to the inner four lanes of the westbound lane (Shift 2) so the shared use path and overlooks can be built.

No, you cannot walk across the bridge yet, and yes, it’s an active construction site. For complete details, see here.

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

Guest Blog: Group wants Historic and Symbolic ‘Tappan Zee’ Name added to the New Bridge

Photo of new eastbound span/Mike Groll at the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

“Our organization was very pleased that the debate moderators asked about the Tappan Zee name change,” Marlene Pedersen, Board Member of the group Save Our Tappan Zee, Inc., said. “We would have liked Marcia Kramer to have given a bit more background when she asked the question since many New Yorkers may not be familiar with the issue. Overall, we were thankful and very pleased that the issue was included in the debate.”

Pedersen was talking about the primary debate with Democratic gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon. “The bridge’s name reflects the area’s history, tradition and people,” she emphasized, “and it is not just a name. It predates our country’s founding as that area of the river was referred to in historical documents as the Tappan Zee Bay. ‘Tappan’ refers to the Tappan Tribe of Native Americans that inhabited the area and Zee refers to New York’s early Dutch settlers (‘zee’ means ‘sea’ in Dutch).

Familiar sign at the Rockland approach, and its counterpart in Westchester/Courtesy of Blair Johnson

“The governor’s refusal to acknowledge these facts and accept the compromise name (adding Tappan Zee to the bridge’s name) demonstrates a willful intention to put his own self-serving desires over the will of the people.”

Pedersen said the group feels while the state has more pressing issues for voters to consider when they choose a Democratic candidate this month, ‘We want New Yorkers to really think about this. There’s a principle here that should concern all of us, not just those living in the Hudson Valley. Are we OK with politicians stripping a region of its history and tradition without consulting the people?”

More than 110,000 people signed SOTZ’s petition to add ‘Tappan Zee’ to the new bridge’s name.

The original bridge was eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (under Criteria A and C in Appendix D – Preliminary Section 106 and 4(f) Analysis for Tappan Zee Bridge). The purportedly-100-year-old wood barge and its coal cargo submerged below – reminiscent of the river’s role in industry and commerce, and in the construction zone – were also recommended for the same prestigious award.

The Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge opened Dec. 1955/The Virtual Archives

SOTZ believes including the issue in the gubernatorial debate elevated its cause. “Marc Molinaro has stated he would return the TZ name if elected. Cynthia Nixon has shown empathy for our cause and has hinted she may consider doing the same. We look forward to continuing the fight during the election season and beyond.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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