Archive for the ‘shared use path’ Tag

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 resuming 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

Falcon Eggs are waiting to Hatch; We wait, Too

Disappointing not to see a live falcon cam that’s fluid as now viewers have to click the time to see if the birds are there or not. It took me three clicks (I must have guessed correctly when I picked a time!) to see the falcon parents gone, and the four eggs soaking up the sunlight in their absence.

Waiting for the falcon eggs to hatch into eyases, waiting for the westbound span’s path, and the visitor center, to be completed and then open, waiting for Exit 10 traffic to find a routine, waiting for the remaining pieces of the Tappan Zee Bridge to be removed from the river . . . and waiting to know what our tolls will be once we reach New Year’s Day 2020.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

ICYMI: TZB Deconstruction & SUP Construction

Now that the Tappan Zee Bridge is disintegrating piece by piece (photo of steel plate composition above and hammer drill below courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority), and the new path is underway for a (date unknown) opening,

it’s time to resume walking. The distance will be more than 3.1 miles when you include the Westchester and Rockland landings.

How will traffic on the 12-foot-wide path be monitored? Suppose a walking group set out for a stroll one morning and meets a group of bicyclists heading in the opposite direction? How will they navigate their respective strides and directions?

Time for me to start walking again and prepare for the new 12-foot-wide concrete path without shade. Maybe bring an umbrella?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Path and Retaining Wall Construction Continue

Crews are building out the lane for the path; behind it is the noise wall with clear glass and terrific view of the Hudson Valley. You can also see the rebar-reinforced concrete wall that extends the length of the bridge, separating the westbound span’s shoulder from the path. Below are some cement median barriers covered in formwork, which secures them.

Visiting a friend this weekend means another trip across the bridge to see what I missed last week. We’ll see if the unavoidable congestion greeting motorists who bear right (north) at the end of the Exit 10 ramp is still there this weekend.

Rockland Bicycling Club members were very excited to hear about the new path and the possibility of expanding their annual Three Bridges Century event; South Nyack residents were less enthusiastic. Signs seen at trail last fall.

Above is the side path retaining wall leading from the bridge up to the spur path and to the trailhead at Clinton Avenue and South Franklin Street. Construction that changed Esposito Trail can be seen behind Village Hall as talks about possibly keeping the path open 24/7 continue.

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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