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

More Lanes and Room and no less Traffic Jams

Driving on the bridge yesterday was an ordeal. A Hudson Link bus was in one of the non-bus lanes; trucks in the right lane had difficulty making the reduced grade on the Westchester approach span and slowed traffic behind them (including me) considerably.

More fun happened at Exit 10, whose two lanes were merged into one lane that started a backup within feet of exiting the Thruway. It took 10 minutes from that point to reach Route 9 north.

New bridge, wider lanes, same and more traffic issues.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 201

Optical Illusion: How Far from Here to There?

About 200 feet separate the Tappan Zee Bridge remains from the eastbound span of the new bridge. That’s a little less than half the height of the main span towers and two-thirds the length of the Statue of Liberty.

Don’t the spans look close? This an optical illusion is a little more than twice the distance between bases on a baseball diamond.

Here’s a river view of that distance during early construction (piles in river) days.

The Rockland landings of the new and old bridges are nearly one on top of the other! Last two photos are courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Path and Retaining Wall Construction Continue

Crews are building out the lane for the path; behind it is the noise wall with clear glass and terrific view of the Hudson Valley. You can also see the rebar-reinforced concrete wall that extends the length of the bridge, separating the westbound span’s shoulder from the path. Below are some cement median barriers covered in formwork, which secures them.

Visiting a friend this weekend means another trip across the bridge to see what I missed last week. We’ll see if the unavoidable congestion greeting motorists who bear right (north) at the end of the Exit 10 ramp is still there this weekend.

Rockland Bicycling Club members were very excited to hear about the new path and the possibility of expanding their annual Three Bridges Century event; South Nyack residents were less enthusiastic. Signs seen at trail last fall.

Above is the side path retaining wall leading from the bridge up to the spur path and to the trailhead at Clinton Avenue and South Franklin Street. Construction that changed Esposito Trail can be seen behind Village Hall as talks about possibly keeping the path open 24/7 continue.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

New Traffic Pattern from Exit 10 starts Today

A third traffic pattern from Exit 10 to Hillside Avenue/Route 9W. Southbound starts today: all motorists will make a full stop at the end of the exit ramp, then turn either left to go south toward Piermont or turn right for the Nyacks.

You may recall there was one stop sign for drivers heading north on Route 9W and no stop sign for drivers merging at end of the Exit 10 ramp. A second stop sign was added yet didn’t prepare northbound drivers for the additional stops.

The new pattern will be in effect for several months per the project team.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Temporary New Route from Thruway to S. Nyack

All traffic bore left: motorists heading into the Nyacks made a U-turn, and those heading south continued on Route 9W. Then all traffic into the Nyacks bore right while southbound traffic stayed to the left.

And now everybody has to bear right and find their own ways starting next week.

Get ready for a third traffic pattern staring next week and lasting several months: at the end of the must-bear-right exit ramp, southbound motorists will make a full stop, then turn left onto Hillside Avenue/Route 9W. Those heading into the Nyacks will make a right turn to Route 9W northbound.

For information about the new pattern and lane closures next week, click here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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