2012-08-15 / Front Page

Big Backup on 403 and 9D on Thursday

State painters take their time relining roads
by Annie Chesnut

This anti-collision vehicle was last in a line of four NY State DOT trucks plying Routes 403 and 9D earlier today.  Photo / Annie ChesnutThis anti-collision vehicle was last in a line of four NY State DOT trucks plying Routes 403 and 9D earlier today. Photo / Annie Chesnut

Drivers heading west and north along Routes 403 and 9D in Garrison and Cold Spring Thursday morning between 9 and 10 a.m. were treated to a parade, of sorts.

Unfortunately they were unwilling participants and not just flag-waving bystanders.

The N.Y. State DOT was busy repainting the white lines on the side of the roads, with a fleet that included a painting truck, two DOT pickups, and a large anti-collision vehicle bringing up the rear.

Because this convoy moves slowly, at between 10 and 15 mph, the traffic backup was considerable. When I pulled up behind the anti-collision truck on Route 9D, I was the only car in the parade. By the time we reached the Garrison Post Office, where I pulled off to catch my breath, there were 30 vehicles behind me.

Farther down Route 403, ongoing tree trimming made the traffic move even more slowly.  Photo / Annie ChesnutFarther down Route 403, ongoing tree trimming made the traffic move even more slowly. Photo / Annie Chesnut

Continuing tree trimming on Route 403 near 9D added to the excitement.

As I turned onto Main Street just after 10 a.m. (an hour after I had left home for my usual 25-minute commute) the parade was majestically headed up 9D toward Beacon.

The anti-collision vehicle includes a large flashing sign urging drivers not to drive on the white paint, adding that video cameras would catch all the action. But by the time we reached St. Basil’s Academy, the first of a handful of treadmarks appeared on the side of the road, cleanly outlined in white. 

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