Archive for the ‘U.S. Coast Guard’ Tag

Tappan Zee Materials will help create Reefs

Figured you wanted to see ano TZB photo albeit one not reef-bound/ © J Rosman 2014

Although it began 25 years ago, New York State’s Artificial Reef Program neither developed nor progressed. Things change this summer, when the Department of Environmental Conservation will oversee the creation of six reefs from Tappan Zee Bridge materials.

Managed by the DEC, the program includes two reefs in the Long Island Sound, two in the Great South Bay, and eight artificial reefs in the Atlantic Ocean.

Next month, the state will begin deploying 33 barges of recycled bridge materials and 30 contaminant-free vessels — cleared by the DEC and the U.S. Coast Guard — that will colonize and attract fish.

In addition to its 133 deck panels and two moveable barrier machines, more of the bridge will have an afterlife in the Smithtown Reef, Shinnecock Reef, Moriches Reef, Fire Island Reef, Hempstead Reef and Rockaway Reef. For details, click here.

More than 43,000 cubic yards of clean, recycled bridge material, 338 cubic yards of steel pipe from the Department of Transportation and 5,900 cubic yards of jetty rock will help build those six artificial reefs now through August. “We are stewards for a brief period of time on this earth then we hand it off to the next generation. And our responsibility is to hand if off better and we will,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Boater Safety Rules for the Bridge Project Site

You know boating near the project site is restricted and dangerous, right? Not watch-out-for-sharks dangerous yet close to it. (Pity the kayaker above!)

From the New NY Bridge website:

• Stay clear of all overhead work and maintain a safe distance of 1,000 feet from all construction equipment and support vessels.

• Use the center 600 feet of the Main Channel (when available) to navigate in a north-south direction with no wake at a maximum speed of five knots.

• All bridge piers and abutments are protected by a 25-yard security zone.

• No unauthorized vessels are allowed in the Safety Zone surrounding 16 construction barge mooring locations. Lighted buoys mark the zone and mooring locations.

• Regulated Navigation Areas (RNAs) stretch 500 yards north and 500 yards south of the existing bridge. No vessel may stop, moor, anchor or loiter within the RNAs.

• The Eastern RNA will be extremely active and vessels transitioning to and from the eastern shoreline at Tarrytown should approach and depart to the north. The Western RNA will be impassable at times and mariners should stay clear of the area.

• Lighted channel markers provide recreational boater access to the Piermont waterfront.

• Construction barges and other vessels on the site are being tracked by GPS technology.

• TZC will monitor Marine Radio Channel 16 to communicate with boaters.

The New York State Thruway Authority provides this information as a public service. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. Nothing in these guidelines shall supersede the actual construction conditions, and regulations set forth by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Watch out for fins in the water! I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Connecting Rockland Approach, a fifth Gantry and ongoing Main Span Channel Closures

Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse seen from the new bridge’s westbound span/© Janie Rosman 2016

Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse seen from the new bridge’s westbound span/© Janie Rosman 2016

Since media were invited onto the new westbound span, crews connected the Westchester approach and the main span, the Rockland approach and the main span are being connected, and there will soon be a fifth overhead gantry. Did we miss the fourth?

channel-closures

Tha main span navigation channel continues to be closed periodically until next December. While boaters may be pleased to hear this, I’d like to enjoy the spring, summer and fall before winter comes around again.

Click here for complete information.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Initial RNAs

girders and super crane

Recently the U.S. Coast Guard established a 200-yard safety zone around the I Lift NY super crane per the Thruway Authority’s request and will remain in effect until the bridge opens in 2018 as will established and new boater safety rules.

As nana would say, it’s nearer than farther.

* * * * *

This was nearly three years ago:

Updated safety information in the U.S. Coast Guard’s revised Notice to Mariners includes establishing a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) 300 yards north and 200 yards south of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge.

All boaters are required to use the main channel, reduce wake and use extreme caution while transiting the area. If necessary, the Coast Guard in the future may temporarily prohibit all vessel traffic in the RNA for safety purposes.

Activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL. The Coast Guard boating safety information — excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website.

Utility work on River Road in South Nyack continues through November, and “will involve reducing the roadway to one lane during daytime hours,” per an update from the New NY Bridge. Temporary coverings during non-construction times will cause uneven surfaces for drivers and bicyclists; caution and slower speeds are advised.

* * * * *

Detailed information — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — is also listed on the project website.  A LNM primer is here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Boater Checklists: Safety Supplies and USCG Rules

Your intrepid reporter with protective glasses, flotation device, hard hat, and sturdy shoes.

Your intrepid reporter with protective glasses, flotation device, hard hat, and sturdy shoes.

Remember when Governor Cuomo signed the Safe Boating Law in September 2013 and the initial boater safety roundtable one month later?

Effective May 1, 2014, anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, must complete an eight-hour boating safety course before operating a mechanically-propelled vessel in the state’s navigable waters. Those born before May 1, 1996, are exempt.

Boaters can find the U.S. Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners excerpted and in its entirety under Boater Safety Information on the bridge project’s website. A LNM primer is here.

This morning the Coast Guard’s District One (where we and the New NY Bridge project are) arrived via email:

The USCG District One Local Notice to Mariners http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm01212016.pdf  (21-2016) is now available for download. This link must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

You can find frequently asked questions about boating here.  This Throwback Thursday picture is from a media boat tour about two years ago (June 2014).

Have fun, stay safe and enjoy the long weekend.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

 

%d bloggers like this: