Archive for the ‘South Nyack’ Tag

Cool views invisible from the Driver’s Seat: completing one Span and removing Another

Painter standing on a girder more than 400 feet long, and no fear of height here./NYSTA

What we can see from the car/SUV — motorcycle riders have the advantage of no window frames — is the new maintenance facility underway near the Westchester landing. What goes on under and next to the bridges are different stories.

Think this person is standing on a pier near the Westcheser landing? You’re right!/NYSTA

Now that River Road is open — and the Tappan Zee Bridge’s abutment is gone — look for cranes near Westchester landing removing sections of TZB steel and concrete. The colossal crane will remove the first of 20 sections now then through next spring, the largest weighing up to 2,600,000-plus pounds.

This scaffolding platform will be under the TZB to help crews during its demolition/NYSTA

The TZB’s decline was so sharp that when mom and dad took us to the country, my younger brother and I were sure we’d drive right into the Hudson River. Not quite. It looks harmless here alongside a barge.

That decline was protected from ice by wooden piles, now collected in this barge /NYSTA

While River Road is open, bridge lanes and an on-ramp will be closed at various times during the week as work continues near the landings. Click here for details.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Lane and Exit Closures per work on TZB Landings

This photo of Tappan Zee Bridge structural steel being removed with the bridge and river as backdrops is courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

You can see crews removing parts of the Westchester landing as you drive across from Rockland. The super crane will help with the removal starting in November.

What you can’t see is the Rockland landing; however, River Road in South Nyack is closed while crews work on the Rockland landings; click here for detour route, ramp and lane closures from Exit 11 southbound to Exit 10 through next Friday.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

South Nyack continues La Resistance: Parking

Determined to prevent an anticipated barrage of non-resident cars on village streets when the new bridge’s walking and bicycle path opens, South Nyack officials presented several solutions, including help from a smart phone.

“This is a long way from happening and it’s not in cement,” Mayor Bonnie Christian told the packed firehouse meeting room Tuesday night.

She was referring to a parking app that electronically monitors where nonresidents park and for how long, and integrates with police license plate readers to see if a parked car belongs to a resident or to a visitor and if the occupied spot is paid for or not.

What began as a casual study to see who was parking on village streets and why became a race to protect South Nyack from the state’s largest design-build infrastructure project. “The residents are concerned about parking issues arising from the new bridge and shared use path, and the parking committee researched several programs, including Parkmobile,” Christian said.

Three years earlier (fall 2014), the newly-formed parking committee—Trustee Nancy Willen, Police Chief Brent Newbury, Kendol Leader and Bruce Forrester—began noting drivers park in South Nyack and go to other destinations. Specifically, the number of vehicles (230 per day) parked increased during street fairs and other events in Nyack.

On more than one occasion, Leader and Forrester counted on foot “easy 1,500 cars parked in South Nyack for the Nyack street fair, and sometimes up to 2,100 cars,” Willen said. Factor in the Thruway Authority’s 2014 parking demand study for the new path that concluded 59 percent of the 473 peak-hour visitors (within a 15-mile radius in Westchester and Rockland) will arrive by car.

South Nyack is also bracing for the Lower Hudson Transit Link—that will stop within Interchange 10 (South Franklin Extension) in South Nyack and at Artopee Way in Nyack—that will replace Tappan ZEExpress next November. The committee anticipates the buses’ new features like signal priorities and ramp metering will attract riders.

“We don’t know how many people are going to take the bus,” Willen said. Factor in visitors to Pavion Nyack apartments, which allow a certain number of spots per unit. “How are we going to handle all of these cars?”

Because the village didn’t want meters or kiosks, “we (parking committee) looked into different companies. We researched all the different towns and villages in this area and we found many municipalities use parking apps,” Willen said. “You use your cell phone and call in for a parking space and pay for it remotely.”

Non-residents and occasional visitors, and those without the app, can call a toll-free number and pay via credit card. Metro North Railroad stations including Irvington (Westchester County) and Nanuet implement the pay-by-phone system; up to five cars can be attached to one account.

Other village parking options included two-hour limitation and resident permits via radio frequency identification (RFID) like the E-ZPass system, where a reader recognizes the tag on a car and communicates with an electronic toll reader at booths or the new bridge’s overhead gantries.

The cost of updating the Parkmobile (or other vendor’s) app daily with vehicle information would be offset by non-resident parking fees grossed by the village.

Based upon loose calculations, when such a program is implemented, South Nyack could annually gross between $450,000 and $665,000 revenue for daily parking during an eight-hour business day. For special events parking like the Nyack Street Fair, depending upon per-hour charges, the village could annually gross between $100,000 and $265,000.

“The meeting and residents’ responses were positive,” Christian said. Moving forward, the board will discuss the parking app option and hasn’t determined which company will provide the service if/when the idea is approved.

Note: While shared path users can park for free in the 54-spot lot on Thruway Authority property, there will be a time limit for use. South Nyack’s decision does not affect this area.

My article originally appeared in the Rockland County Times October 26, 2017.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Work on TZB Landings brings Lane, Exit Closures

Recent photo of the Westchester landing shows two-way traffic moving on the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge while crews begin demolishing the Tappan Zee Bridge’s landings courtesy EarthCam® construction camera.

River Road in South Nyack is closed while crews work on the Rockland landings; click here for detour route, ramp and lane closures from Exit 11 southbound to Exit 9.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Prepare for Traffic Shifts, Detours Friday P.M. to Saturday A.M. when New Westbound Span Opens

Aerial view of the Westchester landing, courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority, shows where traffic will be shifted to the new bridge this Friday night.

Per the Thruway Authority:

While multiple lane closures will begin sometime after 9 p.m. Friday, you can still drive from Westchester to Rockland via at least one lane except when stopped by state police. That won’t happen until early Saturday morning: those of you coming home from work or a night out, be advised.

That night at approximately 9 p.m., the Thruway on-ramp at Route 119 (at Exit 9) will close until Saturday at 6 a.m. Northbound drivers can still use that exit’s off-ramp.

There will be detour routes to direct drivers.

My suggestion if you’re already in Tarrytown or Sleepy Hollow:

Take Benedict Avenue at South Broadway through to Route 119/White Plains Road in Greenburgh. Turn left at the light, and continue to I-87/I-287 north/west (sign is on the left).

As well, Exit 10 (South Nyack) southbound on-ramp will close at 9 p.m. and will reopen by 6 a.m. Saturday. Here’s the detour route:

“Between midnight and 5 a.m. Saturday, there will be two traffic stops, each lasting up to 20 minutes, of all four lanes of the northbound/westbound Thruway. The traffic stops will allow Thruway Authority and Tappan Zee Constructors workers to stage operations, stripe lanes at both ends of the bridge and shift barriers and equipment.

To ensure the public’s safety, State Police will stop and hold all traffic. The first traffic stop will take place near Exit 9 in Tarrytown. A second traffic stop will occur a few hours later near Exit 10 in South Nyack.”

Come 8 a.m. Saturday, there will be four lanes of traffic on the new westbound span and four lanes of traffic on the current bridge. Eastbound traffic will shift to the new westbound span this fall.

One pet peeve is drivers who do NOT stay within the solid white lines. This is an active construction site, folks; safety rules are in place and strictly enforced for motorists. That means stay within the 45 miles-per-hour speed limit and do not cross a solid white line, which is solid for a reason.

The Thruway Authority’s press release about the overnight traffic shift is here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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