Great news – The New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) have identified Alternative F as the preferred alternative. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will now be looking to make sure that this preferred alternative does not have any negative impacts. We hope to have a final decision by the beginning of the summer.
As you may have heard, overnight construction near our shoreline will take place on the weekend of April 29. TZC is installing a foundation for the new bridge’s southern span, partially underneath the existing bridge. They are employing a new installation method which will substitute for the sheet piling we all endured last year. The good news is it is faster, makes less noise, with fewer water quality impacts. However, the piles will still need to be driven and, because the work is being done near and under the existing bridge, it will need to occur during the early morning hours, when traffic is the lightest.
While TZC will use special equipment to minimize the noise, I’m told there will be noise and vibration associated with the pile-driving, which is anticipated to occur intermittently over a period of approximately four hours (the actual driving itself will be less than two hours of this four-hour period).
Within a limited area-encompassing Eagle Rock, Salisbury Point and nearby streets-the pile driving activity has the potential to disturb people’s sleep. Because of that, the New NY Bridge project is offering hotel stays to residents within this area for the nights of Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. Eligibility for the hotel stays was based on federal studies regarding noise levels that were found to impact sleep.
Residents who are eligible have already been contacted directly by the project. If you feel you should have been included in the hotel stay program, please call the program administrator, O.R. Colan Associates, at 914-600-2310, who will review your location and confirm whether or not you are eligible.
Reminder – Electronic Waste Collection
Saturday, April 23 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the South Nyack DPW Garage located at 65 Brookside Avenue. Please bring your TV’s, computers, laptops, tablets, monitors, scanners, radios, printers, copiers, VCR’s, CD players, DVD players, telephones, cell phones, game consoles, power supplies & small household appliances to be properly recycled.
Enjoy your weekend,