Archive for the ‘New York State Thruway’ Tag

Perfect Spot for NYC Fireboat John D. McKean

A few days ago I wrote about the safety turnarounds on the westbound span that would aid first responders in case of emergencies. Last week I went to Sleepy Hollow to see the New York City Fireboat John D. McKean. She sat quietly at the end of a pier near Horan’s Landing, and I wondered why people said she blocked their view. There wasn’t much to see nearby; the new bridge and Rockland shores were quite visible.

True, it’s not my neighborhood; however, why the fuss? She is part of history and saved lives after one of our country’s most horrific attacks. This seems a perfect location. The nearby boats and equipment that belong to consortium Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) are an eyesore; the brightly colored vessel is an addition.

Less than one-half mile south at the Tarrytown viewing area, people were talking about the new and old bridges. One couple drove from New York City and asked how long it would take by train to get to Tarrytown; one friend was explaining to another how crews removed the Tappan Zee Bridge’s center section and, later, its eastern anchor span via controlled demolition.

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

Glimpses of the Project from the NYSTA’s Lens

The scenic overlooks are taking shape. Seen from below is Fish and Ship, which is closest to Rockland. When finished, it will look like this:

This is a pretty view from the river between the spans and very different from the underbelly of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

The rebar-reinforced concrete wall extends the length of the bridge and will separate the westbound span’s shoulder from the new path.

Here’s why (bottom of page) you won’t see the falcon’s nest from the road. All photos are courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

As the western anchor span that helped support the Tappan Zee Bridge shrinks, crews continue working on state police Troop T’s new headquarters on the Thruway’s south side and the visitor center and maintenance facility on the north side, both near the Westchester landing, The new path is taking shape; you can see its entrance from that landing onto the bridge.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

The Path, the Dividing Line and a Curious Falcon

A foot bridge at River Road in South Nyack will connect the elevated bridge to Rockland and to the new path. Its precast concrete panels will be covered by more concrete to raise it to grade, per the project.

It was a “do I or don’t I” situation at approximately three p.m. yesterday (above), when the graceful bird finally decided to mug for this very cool photo (below).

The project team reports the photo below is the shared use path’s approximate midway point between Westchester and Rockland.

I wonder where signs like this from the old Tappan Zee Bridge will be placed on the new bridge and path. With the exception of said relic I snapped by luck one day, all photos are courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

About the merge from the newly-routed exit ramp to Route 9W: northbound traffic has a stop sign and has to yield to oncoming traffic.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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