Chocolate cake with coffee, milk no sugar. Perfect finish to a birthday dinner treat several months ago. How to celebrate the first milestone of my blog Kaleidoscope Eyes?
Last year a friend’s suggestion took hold. Sure, why not. Blog about the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing project. Say that three times fast. New NY Bridge. Easier to pronounce. Observations, meetings, factoids, history, unturned nooks and crannies.
Committees, subcommittees, subgroups. Scenarios. Decisions. Moving parts that stopped and formed pictures. And different each time. My first interpretation of New YorkState’s monumental undertaking. So I named it Kaleidoscope Eyes. A year of questions, and so many more to ask.
Readers were curious. “Why don’t you rename it?” people asked me. “What does it mean?” Look into a kaleidoscope, twist it various ways, and check out the amazing colors and designs. No two images are the same, and the picture constantly changes as you move the tube in your hands.
Serious stuff. Accidents, warnings, impediments, mitigations, annoyances, interruptions. Crew and tug boats, barge-mounted cranes, barges, and temporary fixed platforms. More than double the amount by summer.
So the Coast Guard asked for an expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) of 500 yards north and south of the bridge. Pending approval, it will be documented it in an upcoming Local Notice to Mariners.
And fun things. Colorful variations, education, learning, wonder, involvement, outreach, community. Two months ago, I wrote about the LEGO® Build Club constructing a replica of the New NY Bridge from you-know what. The finished model is on display in The Trove at White Plains Public Library.
Two questions. That’s it. Two very simple questions. “How much will the new bridge cost?” and “How long will it take to build?” During an informal three-day survey, I asked 20 people what they know about the state’s project. Everyone has an opinion about it; these answers surprised me.
Three people knew the cost ($3.9 billion), and a few said it would take more than eight years to finish. Maybe they were thinking of 2018, when both spans will be open. There’s an eight in that number. Lots of guessing. One person asked if the contractor started building yet. Work began in October.
Most worried about the $14 toll scare, and knew the Palisades Center Mall is at Exit 12. Folks do pay attention to numbers. “We’re getting a lot of money from the government,” one person said. “Where will the rest come from?”
One of the fundamental rules of blogging is to make connections with others through our messages/content, comments, and social interactions. I hope you’ll share your comments and expertise with me. If you’d like to write a guest post, please let me know. As always, I’d like to know what you think.