Archive for the ‘Nyack’ Tag

Spring has Sprung: Nyack Buzzing with Activity

It was perfect weather to be outside Sunday, and Memorial Park in Nyack was packed with cars. We sat for a while under a tree — as luck would have it, there was a spot waiting for us — and took in the view.

This after checking out the Nyack Street Fair, always a fun experience.

That day marked five weeks since I was walking down steps and missed the step, falling and injuring my left knee and upper leg. Walking has become easier with cortisone shots, and I’ll be starting physical therapy next week. It was gorgeous outside, and I didn’t want to miss the day.

Birds flying everywhere, crowded viewing area, people enjoying the weather and checking out the bridge and the Spotter’s Guide and happy winter finally left. The giant crane was positioned near the Rockland shoreline, and people were taking pictures with their cell phones.

So when will the westbound span open? The summer before the project began, then state DOT Project Director Michael Anderson said traffic will switch to the new bridge sometime during the fourth year (2017).

Then we heard west/northbound traffic would move to the new span in December 2016, and two months later (February 2017) to move east/southbound traffic as well. Former Executive Director Robert L. Megna decided in early November to postpone the first opening until spring 2017.

Project officials are talking about “sometime this year.” I wonder if there are still built-in contract incentives for finishing the project before spring 2018 or penalties for completing it later? Is the bridge builder still on a 62-month schedule?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Ongoing Road Deck Placement: Getting Closer

Cool early morning view: underbelly of span we’ll be driving on next spring/Submitted

Cool early morning view: underbelly of span we’ll be driving on next spring/Submitted

Last year crews started installing road deck panels on the approach spans, then began placing the panels near the Rockland side. This week the road deck panel action started near the Westchester side.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Some Numbers Elicit more Memories than Others

Solitary swimmer enjoying the water, oblivious to the construction/© Janie Rosman 2016

Solitary swimmer enjoying the water, oblivious to the construction/© Janie Rosman 2016

Mom’s new favorite place to visit is Memorial Park in Nyack. As we drove across the bridge she asked about the towers and the blue steel girders that are covered with road deck. This, and the likes seeing the construction equipment, especially the I Lift NY.

The main span towers are taller each time we cross the bridge that opened less than eight weeks after my parents married on October 23, 1955, and soon after they bought their first car and had a chance to drive across the new bridge.

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Today is the 26th, and it’s nearing the time that mom and I would be leaving dad’s room for the night. That was a terrible week two years and five months ago. We visited dad daily, talked to him, asked if he was comfortable, let him know we were there, not knowing if he understood or heard, and sometimes getting a hand squeeze or a faint smile in response. How were we to know, when we told him we loved him and kissed him goodnight on February 26, 2014, that it would be the last time. Does anyone ever know?

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Driving back after ice cream under a tree (in the car), I saw where the bridge was repaired. That section looked clean, and I wondered if that’s what the new bridge looked like back then.

It won’t matter less than two years from now. I also wondered if anyone carved initials into the new section before it hardened.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Picture-Perfect Day for Relaxing by the Water

Memorial Park

The clouds were carefully painted by a skilled hand onto a crisp blue sky canvas. As the sun alternately shone and disappeared the in-progress main span towers changed from gray to light.

As there was no construction this weekend the super crane and other equipment were frozen in the picture, ready to resume tomorrow. En route we passed steel piles near South Nyack, where the bridge builder is extending the maintenance trestle.

Another hot day that was perfect for watching the Hudson River from under a tree at Memorial Park in Nyack.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Note: Toll Plaza Gone; Four Lanes Open to Traffic

Nyack viewing area
♪♫ Saturday in the park I think it was the Fourth of July. . . ♪♫

It was a holiday weekend (although not the Fourth), and Memorial Park in Nyack was bustling with the start of summer; people were sitting under trees and in chairs on the lazy afternoon. I hadn’t seen the skate park yet and watched as five teenagers practiced their skateboarding skills.

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Something else I didn’t see was the toll plaza, now part of the bridge’s past. I’m sure you noticed only four lanes on the right are open, and if you’re taking Exit 9 in Tarrytown, then it’s best to stay in the far right lane.

“Motorists taking the southbound exit 9 off-ramp are advised to stay in the right lane, as there will be little time to merge from the left at highway speeds,” a recent press release said.

They’re not kidding. Drivers who want to take 287 will need to stay in the far left lane until they can pick up 287 past the barricade. Last weekend there were cars crossing lanes when to reach to reach the exit/direction they wanted.

More new news: next week starts construction of the new maintenance facility.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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