Per Carla Julian of Tappan Zee Constructors, soil borings to evaluate proposed design options related to the Shared Use Path will start Thursday, August 14th. These operations will require temporary lane closings and traffic control measures that will include flaggers to maintain safety and the movement of local traffic. Please contact Police Chief Brent Newbury if you have any concerns or questions regarding traffic issues. Michael Ortler, Tappan Zee Constructors’ field engineer assigned to the project, is working closely with the Village and the Police.
The Thruway is still evaluating our request for environmental compliance plans and reports. Since TZ Constructors erected a temporary sound absorbing wall around the coffer dams and has reduced the noise level to under 90 decibels, they will be allowed to resume some coffer dam sheet pile driving. We expressed our concern of not being informed that mitigation tests were being done on site. It exposed our residents to high noise levels and was contrary to our understanding that the work had been completely suspended. Nor were we informed ahead of time that TZ Constructors is now being allowed to resume the coffer dam pile driving. We have asked them to greatly improve their communication with the village.
Along these same lines, TZ Constructors has not come up with mitigation plans for abutment sheet piling so we are likely to experience excessive noise levels during these trials. Once again, I encourage residents to call 855-TZBRIDGE or 855-892-7434 if you feel that noise is too high or is harmful to your well-being.
The South Nyack Task Force along with our environmental consultant Brook Crossan will be conducting independent monitoring. This work will be coordinated with specific construction activities. I will keep you updated as we obtain more information.
On or about August 20th, Orange & Rockland Utilities will perform tree maintenance work along the following streets: South Boulevard, South Franklin, Route 9W, South Highland, Elysian Avenue, Terrace Drive and some side street. This type of work is performed every 4 years so that the neighborhoods visited this year will not be re-visited for routine up-keep for another 4 years. Under O&R’s supervision, Trees Inc. has been contracted to do this work.
The problem of TZ Constructors workers parking on village streets has been eliminated. One worker who refused to park elsewhere was terminated.
The Communications Advisory Committee, appointed by the Board of Trustees, has submitted their report and recommendations for improved avenues of communication. Their report is on our website at www.SouthNyack.ny.gov.
Congratulations to South Nyack residents Miles Massay and Christian Schwarz and other members of the Clarkstown Stars Elite 12U baseball team, winner of the Pee Ree Reese North Atlantic Divisional Tournament. This win qualified them to compete in the AABC World Series this month in Puerto Rico. Out of 9 teams from the USA, they came in 6th. Go Miles and Christian!