Throwback Thursday . . . to the Summer of 2013

How to bring the bridge project into the classrooms was their summer challenge/NYSTA

How to bring the bridge project into the classrooms was their summer challenge/NYSTA

I remember when the five-year plan was unveiled at a Tarrytown school board meeting October 2013. One of the art teachers included an intergenerational component in her class whereby senior citizens met with students to draw their impressions of the bridge.

Middle school students fascinated by the river activity outside their windows were in for a pleasant surprise — the New NY Bridge was coming to their classrooms.

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During the past three years the project’s educational outreach program visited grade schools, colleges, universities, businesses, senior groups, professional and community group, and I’m sure there are more. One high school was inspired to begin an Engineering Club, and many schools incorporated the project into their STEM, STEAM and P-TECH curricula.

Blog posts about some of the education outreach endeavors are here. You may also find the Search box in the right column helpful (i.e., STEM, STEAM, P-TECH, engineering, the word “school,” falcons).

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Some Numbers Elicit more Memories than Others

Solitary swimmer enjoying the water, oblivious to the construction/© Janie Rosman 2016

Solitary swimmer enjoying the water, oblivious to the construction/© Janie Rosman 2016

Mom’s new favorite place to visit is Memorial Park in Nyack. As we drove across the bridge she asked about the towers and the blue steel girders that are covered with road deck. This, and the likes seeing the construction equipment, especially the I Lift NY.

The main span towers are taller each time we cross the bridge that opened less than eight weeks after my parents married on October 23, 1955, and soon after they bought their first car and had a chance to drive across the new bridge.

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Today is the 26th, and it’s nearing the time that mom and I would be leaving dad’s room for the night. That was a terrible week two years and five months ago. We visited dad daily, talked to him, asked if he was comfortable, let him know we were there, not knowing if he understood or heard, and sometimes getting a hand squeeze or a faint smile in response. How were we to know, when we told him we loved him and kissed him goodnight on February 26, 2014, that it would be the last time. Does anyone ever know?

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Driving back after ice cream under a tree (in the car), I saw where the bridge was repaired. That section looked clean, and I wondered if that’s what the new bridge looked like back then.

It won’t matter less than two years from now. I also wondered if anyone carved initials into the new section before it hardened,

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

First Stay Cables Installed; TZB Lanes are Open

Stay cables that will support the main span roadway were installed and anchored/NYSTA

Stay cables that will support the main span roadway were installed and anchored/NYSTA

Last week the first cables were installed on some of the towers you’ll see when driving by, and maybe have a better chance to see when you’re stuck in traffic.

I digress.

Next time we cross the bridge we might see newly-installed cables/© Janie Rosman 2016

Next time we cross the bridge we might see newly-installed cables/© Janie Rosman 2016

It will take 12 pairs of stay cables on each side of the bridge’s towers to support the main span road. Imagine 700 miles of metal strands . . . that’s a lot of miles.

Accident aftermath: all seven lanes of the bridge are open and sooner than anticipated, thanks to expedited repairs after a crane collapsed last Tuesday and caused structural damage. There’s an ongoing investigation to find out what happened.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Delays Southbound on TZB through 5 a.m. Friday

Northbound traffic crawled as motorists turned to see the crane/© Janie Rosman 2016

Northbound traffic crawled as motorists turned to see the crane/© Janie Rosman 2016

Once again I misjudged the travel time and got stuck on 287/the Thruway en route to the bridge. Fed up with hitting the brake then traveling three feet before tapping it again I took Exit 1 and followed Route 119 until it backed up just before the sign welcomed me to Tarrytown.

It took 20 minutes to get from there to the Thruway entrance. In addition to the bridge project motorists now had to contend with the results of Tuesday’s accident that injured five people. The clever dashboard monologue I recited as I drove was forgotten as soon as I sat down to type hours later.

Netting was placed across the area crews are currently repairing/© Janie Rosman 2016

Netting was placed across the area crews are currently repairing/© Janie Rosman 2016

The right lane prior to and after where the crane took out chunk of the bridge’s railing was partitioned off, and motorists were advised only one southbound lane would be open from 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. tomorrow. I hope everyone gets where they’re going safe.

The Nyack Classic Car Night was lots of fun! Watch for story in the September issue of Rivertown Magazine.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Lanes Open; Cause of Accident to be Determined

Right guardrail of TZB southbound lanes/Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor

Right guardrail of TZB southbound lanes/Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor

Correction: the crane whose boom fell and crashed across the Tappan Zee Bridge yesterday, injuring five people and halting traffic for five and one-half hours, was a crawler crane using a vibratory hammer to install piles.

Northbound traffic lanes were opened at around 5:25 p.m., and by 8 p.m. two southbound lanes were open. The cause of the accident is still undetermined.

CBS2 News reporter Brian Conybeare drove southbound across the bridge shortly before midnight last night and said morning commuters will see a Jersey barrier between the accident site and the roadway.

That section will remain closed until it is repaired. Past it southbound, four lanes are open; the northbound lanes were open since early evening yesterday.

Alternate routes are the George Washington Bridge, the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, the Bear Mountain Bridge and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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