Archive for the ‘Local Notice to Mariners’ Tag

TBT: Three-Month Dredging Period Begins; Nautical Warnings Reiterated

From five years ago today. Photo courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

Yesterday opened the three-month (to November 1) window for dredging in the Hudson River, and today began round-the-clock operations.

“Excavation is in the shallow water to the east and west side(s) of the Federal Navigation Channel,” the Local Notice to Mariners reported. “Various barges are anchored outside the Federal Navigation Channel upstream of the bridge. On scene are the dredges WEEKS 506 & 551, tugs and barges that are lit; all are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16.”

It continued, “Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made.”

This information is reiterated in the Boat Owners Association of the United States’ East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale (August 1, 2013).

The chosen design requires less environmental impact regarding pile driving, dredging and threats to fish; the NYS DEC Final Permit, issued March 25, 2013, and additional Coast Guard information, are posted at the New NY Bridge website, which issued a press release today re operations and safety.

“Equipment associated with the operation is arriving on site. Approximately one dozen barges and other specially designed dredging vessels will be part of the operation,” the release said. It referred to the Coast Guard’s revised Notice to Mariners that details updated safety information, “including a request that boaters use extreme caution within 1,000 feet of all construction barges as a safety precaution.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Initial RNAs

girders and super crane

Recently the U.S. Coast Guard established a 200-yard safety zone around the I Lift NY super crane per the Thruway Authority’s request and will remain in effect until the bridge opens in 2018 as will established and new boater safety rules.

As nana would say, it’s nearer than farther.

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This was nearly three years ago:

Updated safety information in the U.S. Coast Guard’s revised Notice to Mariners includes establishing a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) 300 yards north and 200 yards south of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge.

All boaters are required to use the main channel, reduce wake and use extreme caution while transiting the area. If necessary, the Coast Guard in the future may temporarily prohibit all vessel traffic in the RNA for safety purposes.

Activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL. The Coast Guard boating safety information — excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website.

Utility work on River Road in South Nyack continues through November, and “will involve reducing the roadway to one lane during daytime hours,” per an update from the New NY Bridge. Temporary coverings during non-construction times will cause uneven surfaces for drivers and bicyclists; caution and slower speeds are advised.

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Detailed information — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — is also listed on the project website.  A LNM primer is here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Three Months of Dredging: August 1 – October 31

Weeklong process: moving 200,000 oysters out of project area before 2013 dredging/NewNYBridge

Weeklong process: moving 200,000 oysters out of project area before 2013 dredging/NewNYBridge

Tomorrow starts the second stage of three-month (to Halloween) dredging in the Hudson River with round-the-clock operations.

“All excavation will be done in shallow water to the east side of the Federal Navigation Channel. Various barges will be anchored outside of the Federal Navigation Channel downstream of the bridge,” the Local Notice to Mariners reported.

“Operations will be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Vessels on scene will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16,” it continued. “Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made.”

Mariners are advised to transit the main channel, reduce wake and use extreme caution while transiting the area in the vicinity of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Detailed information — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

Project officials report the dredging deepens the water level near the project site and removed an estimated 187,960 cubic yards of sediment from the bottom of the Hudson River.

The specially-designed environmental clamshell buckets will send less sediment back into the river. Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) trained its field personnel how to protect sturgeon, including how to “safely retrieve, keep alive and return to the river” any fish accidentally caught during the three-month period.

“Obviously our concerns remain the same and the timing is urgent,” Riverkeeper, Inc. Media Specialist Leah Rae said. “We are calling on the National Marine Fisheries Service to act immediately to protect the fish while they investigate this dramatic increase in vessel strikes.”

Project officials say staff will be supervised by the NMFS to make sure the fish are protected; however, Riverkeeper is wary.

Six sturgeon fatalities throughout the estuary were reported to the state Department of Environmental Conservation between 2009 and 2011 — and nearly 13 times that amount (76 sturgeon fatalities) were reported between 2012 and 2014 (since construction began).

See full Riverkeeper article here.

After testing the mud, TZC will process and dispose of it an offsite location. Approximately two feet of gravel (thing giant fish tank) will be placed in the dredged channel so boats and vessels don’t kick up sediment.

“If even one sturgeon mortality were caused by a project vessel strike that would exceed the project’s allowable take,” Rae said.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Can Two Monday Hours Be Any More Exciting?

It happened. It’s almost the norm for me now.  Oh, and the super crane is here. Additional photos at Twitter (nykeypad). It’s HUGE. Very colorful.

Massive crane has a 328-foot boom/© Janie Rosman 2014

Massive crane has a 328-foot boom/© Janie Rosman 2014

I got lost. Missed one street — a key ingredient for that happening — and drove until I could turn around. The lady whose car I flagged smiled when I told her I’m a reporter covering the bridge project, and the super crane was arriving today.

I Lift NY arriving at its destination/© Janie Rosman 2014

I Lift NY arriving at its destination/© Janie Rosman 2014

“It’s here? Today?” she asked and told me to follow her to the street I missed. Whoever you are, I thank you and appreciate your help this morning.

I Lift NY with TZB in the background/© Janie Rosman 2014

I Lift NY with TZB in the background/© Janie Rosman 2014

It’s important now more than ever for recreational boaters to learn and heed restrictions. Since August, six lighted channel markers guide them to and from the Piermont shore. Off-limits is the U.S. Coast Guard’s Safety Zone; heed the expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA). Safe boating, everyone.

Watch out for lane shifts and closures/© Janie Rosman 2014

Watch out for lane shifts and closures/© Janie Rosman 2014

The afternoon ended with traffic on the way to Westchester. Ah, the lane closures and familiar orange cones. Details are in the latest New NY Bridge press release.

Check out the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety, listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

Read about main channel rules  in LNM/© Janie Rosman 2014

Read about main channel rules in LNM/© Janie Rosman 2014

Did I tell you today was exciting for me? I introduced myself to the governor, and we talked for one minute. Maybe two.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Quiet on the River this Last Weekend in August

Three tiny ducks take advantage of the calm river without noise on Saturday night/EarthCam® construction camera

Three tiny ducks take advantage of the calm river without noise on Saturday night/EarthCam® construction camera

Governor: “Our job is not to have people adjust to government, but to have government adjust to the people.”

That was the reasoning behind Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012 Drivers First initiative, “a new approach by the State Department of Transportation to prioritize the convenience of motorists and ensure that disruptions are as minimal as possible to drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state.”

Hmm. Regarding the project, maybe the government only adjust sometimes.

I digress. I looked it up because Friday’s press release said there would be no lane closures this weekend in accordance with that 2012 initiative. So no pile driving or river doings this last weekend before school starts.

Few lane closures on I-87/I-287 next week as well:

• Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2 and 3 — the southbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Thursday, September 4 —the southbound right and middle lanes across the Tappan Zee Bridge, from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On the water this weekend? Remember . . .

Recreational boaters have six new lighted channel markers guiding them to and from the Piermont shore, per a recent press release. Off-limits is the U.S. Coast Guard’s Safety Zone; heed the expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA). Safe boating, everyone.

Details — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — are listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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