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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 Hip Joint and I look forward to Bridge Path

Attitude of gratitude: yesterday I was in a store and walked quickly between the aisles of clothes and other items to my destination. Then it hit me: I was walking without thinking about the artificial joint moving me forward.

This week I’m 14 months post op and continuing my shared use path training.

Last March I received a dual mobility hip joint to replace the arthritic one that was crippling me. Walking was painful, sometimes unbearable. I’d lean on walls, tables, chairs, even on my car, for balance, limping to alleviate the bone-on-bone pain. It disappeared after my brilliant and compassionate surgeon replaced the joint with an artificial one.

Part of my enthusiasm to walk along the new path when it opens comes from the anticipated thrill of seeing an unencumbered view of Hudson Valley, and part comes from joy of being able to walk those six-plus miles without wondering if the next step will bring pain.

Because of the new joint I stayed away from tugboats and missed a few Tappan Zee Bridge milestones this year, notably when its main span was lowered, when its east anchor span was carefully demolished, and last week, when its west anchor span was cut and lowered.

However, my new hip joint and I are looking forward to when the new path opens.

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

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