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TBT: Three-Month Dredging Period Begins; Nautical Warnings Reiterated

From five years ago today. Photo courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

Yesterday opened the three-month (to November 1) window for dredging in the Hudson River, and today began round-the-clock operations.

“Excavation is in the shallow water to the east and west side(s) of the Federal Navigation Channel,” the Local Notice to Mariners reported. “Various barges are anchored outside the Federal Navigation Channel upstream of the bridge. On scene are the dredges WEEKS 506 & 551, tugs and barges that are lit; all are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16.”

It continued, “Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made.”

This information is reiterated in the Boat Owners Association of the United States’ East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale (August 1, 2013).

The chosen design requires less environmental impact regarding pile driving, dredging and threats to fish; the NYS DEC Final Permit, issued March 25, 2013, and additional Coast Guard information, are posted at the New NY Bridge website, which issued a press release today re operations and safety.

“Equipment associated with the operation is arriving on site. Approximately one dozen barges and other specially designed dredging vessels will be part of the operation,” the release said. It referred to the Coast Guard’s revised Notice to Mariners that details updated safety information, “including a request that boaters use extreme caution within 1,000 feet of all construction barges as a safety precaution.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

First Steel Beam from TZB: new Marine Life

“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. “If you are a bridge, the afterlife is you still serve a purpose. You don’t go up, you go down.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Holiday Weekend: Keep in Mind Boater Safety

There’s a silence to this photo taken from seven and one-half miles south of the bridges. One bridge nearly completed and one partially-dismantled bridge that was cause for celebration and dismay when it opened: another way to cross the Hudson River at irreparable cost to a village.

Recently, I heard stories about the Tappan Zee Bridge from someone who moved to the area as a child and who loved to swim in the river it crossed. It must have been fun way back then to swim in a clean river with keeping cool the only aims.

While the Hudson’s not for humans it is for boats (neat segue, right?) as Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. I’ve been on the Hudson numerous times, thanks to this project. Never been on a sailboat or a small craft. Hint, hint, maybe an invitation.

Remember, the project is still an active construction site. Earlier this month, the main span channel was closed when crews removed the center section of the old bridge.

Have fun, be safe, obey the rules and keep all required supplies, including first aid, aboard. Enjoy!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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

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