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 to 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

Grateful and Happy that Vision Haze is Gone

Twenty minutes after being wheeled into the operating room, I was back in the recovery room with a clear shield taped over my right eye. It was nearly 8:50 a.m. Now — four-and-one-half hours later — the vision in that eye is almost as clear as in the left eye (corrected two weeks ago). Words are a little blurry due to the eye drops and that the pupil is still a bit dilated.

These surgeries are life-changing. Two weeks ago was the first time in 30 years I read a computer screen without glasses. I read newspapers these past two weeks with my left eye (right eye closed). It’s been that long since I read small print without glasses or a magnifier.

I’m grateful to my ophthalmologist who referred me to the surgeon and grateful to him for taking me as a patient.

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

New eyes: “The better to see you with, my dear”

During the past week-and-a-half, I’ve been doing computer work with my right eye closed as the corrected left eye sees the screen clearly. That’s not to say I haven’t been wearing glasses.

Last Monday, I had corrective surgery to remove a cataract that had grown on the lens of my left eye. Came home with an eye shield and tried to balance glasses (left lens removed) with the shield until Tuesday, when it was removed.

Each time I sat down to use the computer I put on my glasses and closed my right eye . . . until Wednesday, when I realized the silliness of my actions. Still, each time I got up from the desk I put my hands to my face to remove glasses I wasn’t wearing.

Surgery on my right eye is next Monday.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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