Archive for the ‘Tappan Zee Bridge’ Tag

Driving on all Four Lanes of the New Bridge

Yesterday I went to South Nyack and checked out the new bridge’s two outer lanes, which will become the shared use path (far right lane) and breakdown lane (second from right).

Not a bad ride, even with the gratings and the concrete strip that indicates where the shared use path divider will be built. And yes, the two left lanes were a bit smoother than the two right lanes.

When eastbound traffic moves to the new span, its two left lanes will also be a smoother ride than its two outer lanes. This arrangement is temporary until the eastbound span opens in 2018.

For the next few months, motorists have four westbound lanes on the new bridge and four eastbound lanes on the old bridge, the latter with that familiar thumpity-thump sound. Those empty lanes are being used as a construction area.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

ICMYI: Link to Opening Ceremony for New Span

Here is one of the stories you’ve been waiting for with photos from last week’s opening ceremony. The above traffic pattern remains in effect until eastbound traffic moves to the new span within a few months.

What you can’t see (and I won’t show) are blisters I got from walking around in socks and steel-toed shoes for four hours. Would I do it again? YES!

More details and photos of the new span in this week’s Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Friday Night Traffic Switch: Four Lanes E and W

How did the Thruway Authority switch westbound traffic from the Tappan Zee Bridge to the westbound span of the new bridge Friday night? Here’s how.

Four lanes of traffic on the new westbound span and four lanes of traffic on the current bridge (see above) will continue through the fall, when eastbound traffic will shift to the new westbound.

Watch for detailed stories in next week’s issue of the Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Westbound Span: Lane Switches and New Ride

With its main span towers and piers lit in lavender, the new bridge looked pretty against the oncoming night sky. I kept thinking, “Purple reigns on the Hudson Valley” (photo courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority) as I crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge westbound for the last time last night.

Traffic was steady, the silence interrupted by sirens wailing. Only when I re-entered the Thruway from South Nyack did I see flashing red-and-blue lights with a state trooper and a car in the far left lane at the point where the left lane ends.

Hopefully, no one was hurt, I told the Thruway Authority worker standing at the Route 119 on-ramp in Tarrytown shortly before 9 p.m. He was there to supervise the barricade process. Numerous drivers stopped to ask why the entrance was closed and wanted to turn right from Route 119 despite notices from the Thruway Authority during the past week.

The next day . . .

Awesome ride on the new bridge: no thumpity-thump noises or any noises and a smooth roadway to South Nyack. A few vehicles crossed over the white line despite safety warnings: there are no grids or raised metal in the road to tell them when their tires cross that line.

Included are unobstructed views of the Hudson River and the eastbound span.

Watch for detailed stories in next week’s issue of the Rockland County Times.

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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