Archive for the ‘Hudson River’ Tag

Winter Storm Coming & about Driving in One

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

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

As of 3, 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

Statement from TZC: Demolition is Postponed

Photo of TZB cross-section/Mike Groll at the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

“Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) postponed Saturday’s controlled demolition of the old Tappan Zee Bridge’s east anchor span due to inclement weather,” the contractor said in a statemnet. “The sustained winds caused delays to the preparatory work of the planned demolition operation. Once we have rescheduled the operation we will provide an update.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Guest Blog: Grab your Seats for the Big Show

Tappan Zee Bridge looking east during one of the first media tours/© Janie Rosman 2014

You guys are making a big fuss over me — well, what’s left of me. There’s not a lot of me in the river; however, what’s there is getting lots of attention. Old age isn’t so bad after all.

Remember when I told you how I felt about being replaced? NO one said boo. Then the new bridge came along, and they began to take me apart. My middle section drew lots of attention, and even the governor same to see me. He hadn’t paid me mind at all except for wanting to be rid of me.

So now people are throwing parties Saturday morning and vying for the best place to watch part of me fall into the Hudson River. Told you it wouldn’t be so easy to say goodbye because if it was, then you’d be at home in your jammies instead of paying money for parking, hotel rooms and dining with a riverfront view.

I’ll be around until they remove the rest of me. And when time comes that I’m visibly gone, you may find yourself looking for me next to the eastbound span . . . because no matter what you call the new bridge, there will never be another me.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Falcon’s Surprise Appearance a Few Months Early

Tarrytown is the backdrop for one Peregrine falcon that returned to inspect its custom-made nest box on the Westchester tower.

Word has it the new home is approximately 150 feet higher than the former nest box on the Tappan Zee Bridge, where the last clutch of chicks (eyases) were hatched in spring 2017. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

Mama falcon’s watchful eye over her new little ones (behind in nest box)/EarthCam®

Check here for more information. At present time only the archives are available on the falcon webcam.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Bright Christmas Lights in LED Bridge Display

New bridge celebrates the holiday in red, green lights/EarthCam® construction camera

Motorists on the bridge last night were greeted with Christmas cheer from 2,700 LED lights that we first saw this time last year.

When it was midnight in New York, Santa was already busy as Christmas began in other parts of the world. By 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon it was Christmas in Australia, and when December 25 ends in New Zealand gifts are being unwrapped (maybe) at 5:15 a.m. here in New York.

However, New Zealand celebrates Christmas in the middle of its summer. Snow cone fights, anyone? Merry Christmas!

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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