Archive for the ‘New York State Thruway’ Tag

Low Turnout at Toll Advisory Panel Meetings

Thinking I’d be unable to drive due to the ace bandage on my right wrist and hand I emailed my comments to the Toll Advisory Panel instead of going to the meeting in Tarrytown last night.

The hand surgery didn’t happen by quirk and by fate so I spent the past week meeting staff and getting to know residents at the nursing home where mom is temporarily staying. Things worked out well in that respect.

Surgery was rescheduled. About the toll meetings . . .

Why did the panel hear comments only one night in each county? Why wasn’t there a public comment period open for one month or three months or six months? It’s mid-July and sweltering outside; that plus a horrific rainstorm may have contributed to the low turnout last night and (although it didn’t rain as heavily) tonight.

Less than 100 people addressed the panel; how many others submitted written comments? Will those comments be made public? The governor’s task force and his comments nearly five years ago never came to fruition; let’s see what happens next.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Advisory Panel to hear Residents’ Input and Suggestions for Toll Relief on New Bridge

A new, four-person panel will take the first step toward toll relief solutions for Westchester and Rockland residents who cross the new Cuomo Bridge via two public sessions next week from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, will be at the Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, and Thursday, July 18, will be at The Time Nyack Hotel, 400 High Ave.

Listening without responding to each person, who has two minutes to speak, will be Robert Megna – Co-Chair, Joan McDonald, Heather Briccetti and Mario Cilento. Those who want to speak must sign up for a two-minute chance to address the panel, which will only listen and will not take questions.

The public can also submit comments to TollAdvisoryPanel@thruway.ny.gov.

Let’s hope the group of four does more than the mass transit task force, which said we need bus rapid transit and left it to others to implement the decision.

“Who will take the initiative to make sure the recommendations will move forward?” State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (88th District) asked at the final transit meeting in February 2014. Then-state DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald replied, “Our charge was to make recommendations. It’s up to the governor and the Thruway Authority to see what are the next steps.”

Tolls on the Cuomo Bridge are $5 through the end of December 2020.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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

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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