Archive for the ‘Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge’ Tag

Winter Storm Coming & about Driving in One

Trucking through a snowstorm on the Tappan Zee Bridge (not the same day) /© Wn.com

Trucking through a snowstorm on the Tappan Zee Bridge (not the same day) /© Wn.com

As of 3 p.m.today, tractor trailers and buses are banned from the 570-mile Thruway system and most interstate highways. Exceptions are I-95 in Westchester and Bronx counties. This means its 809 bridges, 118 interchanges, 11 toll barriers, and 27 service areas.

I’ve not driven on the new bridge during a snowstorm yet and don’t plan to yet.

About five winters ago I covered school board meetings in one of the Rivertowns. I usually took local roads west to Route 9 (Broadway), made a right turn and drove north to the school. One night after a meeting we walked back to find our cars covered in snow falling faster than I could count snowflakes. I was scared.

The car I’ve been driving for more than 20 years has seen me safely through both snowstorms and rainstorms (the kind where you put the windshield wipers on the fastest speed because the rain is coming down so fast that the regular speed isn’t fast enough).

Dad told me never to start the car and then get out to clean the windows because gosh forbid it shifts into gear. So after I cleared the windows, and did them again because it was snowing so hard, I started the car and turned on the wipers and the defroster.

As the car was warming up I was figuring out the safest way to drive home. And that very night I hoped there were lots of trucks on the highway.

If you know where Irvington is, then you know it’s nowhere near the interstate. Driving home on the same local road with its hills, hidden turns and sporadic lighting, although most direct, would be asking for trouble in that treacherous weather.

Instead, I headed north on Route 9 (Broadway) to Tarrytown and turned onto the Thruway, which fed into I-287. And I wasn’t disappointed! Plenty of trucks on the road that night to make tire indentations in the snow for drivers like me who had no business driving that night. Except for that school board meeting.

Got home safely. Forget that I was gripping the wheel and praying.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

It’s a New Year with the Same Tolls . . . for Now

carpet-design

Expect the unexpected, right?

In the most unlikely place two years ago this month, I noticed the design on the carpet of my doctor’s office looked like the main span towers and road deck. Do you also see the towers in the pattern?

Seen at summer 2018 final TZB historical tour from Haverstraw Bay./© J. Rosman 2018

Will 2019 be the last year for a five-dollar cash toll on the new bridge? Maybe Larry Schwartz was right: eight days after he, Cuomo’s then-secretary and chief-of-staff, announced the probability of inflated cash tolls ($14) on the new bridge, the governor called for the task force.

How’s that working out? I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Bridge Name Stands, and New Bus Lanes Enforced

The day after the elections tells Hudson Valley residents the new bridge’s name will not be changed any time soon. If “New York’s immigrants are at the heart of our state’s rich civic and social diversity,” as the state’s website says, then why did Governor Cuomo erase their important and significant representation?

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Last Sunday I was in Nyack and watched one new Hudson Link bus nearly clip my car as its driver made a left turn from South Broadway. I moved past the curb at a red light on the single-lane side street because a car parked on the other side of the street added to the driver’s difficulty. What will happen when the streets are crowded with people and cars in a hurry?

Here’s what you need to know per the press release if you commute by car:

“State Police will be responsible for enforcing the proper use of the bus lane. The first violation will carry a fine of $150, and the penalty would escalate for any repeat violations within an 18-month period.”

Let’s hope the new bus line is effective for Westchester and Rockland commuters. Westchesterites say it offers no opportunities for transit-oriented development; Rocklanders aren’t happy about the new bus stop locations and routes.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Be Careful: Trucks use Westbound Span Left Lanes

Yesterday was another day: went to run an errand in the afternoon and got stuck in early accumulating traffic. As traffic was shifted so crews could work on the path, the westbound span’s middle lanes became the two left lanes that trucks and trailers are supposed to avoid.

For this reason, I was surprised to see an 18-wheeler with Florida license plates to my right (I was in the far left lane) and even more surprised when I noticed the left signal blinking. The driver cut in front of me, and luckily I was going slower than the span’s speed limit. You can see how close the truck was as he began to move in front of my car — I have a 1998 Honda Civic LX sedan and not one of the newer cars with smaller hoods — without checking to see if he had enough room.

Turns out there was a two-car accident ahead in his lane. I moved two lanes to the right and was by now in the second-from-right lane. I passed the scene of the accident — looked like one car rear-ended another — and watched in horror as man from one of the cars took pictures with his cell phone. Worse yet, a little girl was also outside the cars. WHAT?

Further west was a stalled car in the far right lane that added to the building traffic.

Because I don’t have a hands-free device I waited until I reached Exit 10 to call 911 and told the dispatcher I was in South Nyack and passed an accident on the westbound span of the new bridge. I didn’t say it; the dispatcher did. “Oh, the Tappan Zee?”

I also told the dispatcher a man got out of the car to take pictures and added, “He shouldn’t do that.” I hope no one was hurt. The span is temporarily similar to the old bridge: no shoulders in case of an accident and for disabled vehicles.

Be careful and stay safe.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

The Little Yellow Line next to the Esposito Trail

Had to see the trail for myself after reading posts and viewing pictures. I wasn’t prepared for my reaction and got teary as I stood on the corner while cars passed or turned around me. It looked barren and sad; no solace that signs pointing to a detour were posted.

The yellow line that was part of a parking concept a few years ago resulted in the destruction of nature and a path I liked to walk on occasion. I still don’t know why the bridge’s path had to enter a neighborhood. Why couldn’t it continue to the parking lot and connect from there with another route?

The little yellow line next to the Esposito Trail is coming and is the reality above.

“We want to ensure that the concept chosen will be the best for our residents and will eliminate parking from our streets while allowing for economic development,” Christian told the Rockland County Times Wednesday (from my 2015 article).

Relief that the SUP terminus was moved from the corner of Cornelison Avenue and South Broadway resulted in construction next to the Esposito Trail, where crews will build the share used path spur.

I saw the above flowers growing to the left of the closed trail entrance and hope they weren’t uprooted. Nature is resilient and will bloom again in the spring. The bridge will not solve congestion from Port Chester to Suffern; it balloons onto the Sprain Brook Parkway’s exit lane as cars trying to merge onto I-287 are jockeying with cars that want to take Exit 2.

The new bridge has safety features and extra lanes; however, there have been numerous accidents and traffic jams during its short life. Did the extra lanes help? How will the traffic be resolved by adding bicycles lanes along Rockland and Westchester roads? Please don’t take more lanes from already congested routes.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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