Another gantry added to the Westbound Span

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Took a blog hiatus and am back! Here’s where I temporarily disappeared.

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Last week crews installed the second of eight overhead gantries on the Rockland side of the westbound span.  Ten gantries will be installed on the eastbound span, 18 in all.

Meantime, here are sights from en route to the edge of the westbound span.

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We passed the shared use path abutment on the Westchester landing . . .

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. . . and workers installing an expansion joint connecting road deck panels.

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This is a location marker for guess which belvedere of the shared use path?

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Terrific view of the Rockland shoreline backdrops steel rebar structure for beginnings of what will be a concrete retaining wall for the shared use path.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Now and Then and a Changing Hudson Valley

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This year the first span opens, and the Hudson Valley will again change. I love this photo of the kids looking at the construction and see it symbolizing the future, their future, as the figure below imagined his future years before.

Craig Long, historian for the Villages of Suffern and Montebello and the Town of Ramapo, discussed previous ideas for a Hudson River crossing last summer.

Courtesy of the Westchester County Archives

Courtesy of the Westchester County Archives

I focused on his narrative about Nanuet Assemblyman Fred Horn, the “Father of the Bridge,” who rallied for one-quarter century for such a project.

Long said a bridge (railroad) was proposed from Piermont to Hastings as early 1905 with calls continuing for the next 20 or so years. It gained traction, he said, when Horn took office, proposing a bill in 1930 for a bridge from Piermont to Hastings with Hook Mountain and Rockland Lake as other locations.

During the next two years Horn proposed a bridge, then a bridge/tunnel from Snedens Landing to Dobb’s Ferry.

Here’s where the sparks begin to fly.

thenGood idea except the proposed site was within the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s 25-mile jurisdiction, and it would need to approve, and then, operate the project. The proposals failed as did Horn when he ran for re-election.

“In 1935, the Rockland Causeway-Tunnel Authority was created with a drive to bridge the Hudson from Nyack to Tarrytown,” Long said in an email. “As studies begin, no determination is made as to whether Upper Nyack, Nyack, or South Nyack will be the bridge’s terminus. In August of that year, it is central Nyack; by October it is South Nyack, Voorhis Point.

tzb-signThe following March (1936) Grand View was chosen as a potential landing site; by August the War Department approved it and Tarrytown on the Westchester side. While Hook Mountain again a choice the northern location didn’t sit well with Zoning Commissioner Elmer Hader, who gained support for nixing the idea, or with residents.

Long wrote, “In October of that year, the Journal News took a straw poll on the idea of a Hudson River crossing and where it should be located” with an unscientific tally of 792 in favor and 405 opposed. Grand View was the favored location 391 votes (not residents). Results from boring led the state to abandon the project one month later. Last fall marked 80 years since that straw poll.

Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Girl Scouts are Updated on Latest Project News

girl-scouts-4 Fascinating experiences can happen spur of the moment, as when Wendy Chin reached out to project officials about 10 days before Christmas Eve.

“The kids were out of school and wanted to explore what engineering was all about. With the new bridge in our backyard, we saw an opportunity to learn about the engineering of that bridge,” Chin, leader of Troop 2483 in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, said.

Now in her second year as troop leader, Chin and co-leader Claudia Segovia aim to present the girls with STEM-related opportunities to expand their scouting experience beyond selling cookies. “Our reward is seeing them grow, have confidence, find innovative ways to do things and make the world a better place.”

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The The 5th-graders learned about the project via an interactive presentation that included a model of layers below the river’s surface and then saw it up close at the viewing area.

“It’s exciting to see the bridge being built,” Chin said. The girls loved the presentation and asked questions ranging from the crane that collapsed last summer to specifics about the new spans.

Her nine-member troop likes being engaged, as they were when Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray spoke with them prior to the November election while working towards their Inside Government badge.

“They asked questions about his campaign, issues he supported, projects he implemented, town improvements, why he wanted to run for office and about his family,” Chin recalled.

The Girl Scouts’ new campaign is G.I.R.L. — an acronym for go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader — is designed to help them unleash their potential. At a previous troop meeting the scouts did a self-portrait and discussed which of those four qualities they represent and which they wanted to strengthen in themselves.

Currently Troop 2483 is working on the Bronze Award that requires 20 hours of community service. “They’ve been talking about anti-bullying, overcoming stereotypes and trying to see how to communicate those issues in a way those kids can understand those messages.”

Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Sixty-Five Years after First Construction Began

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Your eyes are joining the two sections of the main span in the image above, right? History is repeating, now with two spans and a modern, hi-tech, safer and more artistic bridge.

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Crews started work on the Tappan Zee Bridge in March 1952; sometime this year — and 65 years later — the first span of its new replacement will open. Happy and healthy New Year to you!

Photos courtesy New York State Thruway Authority.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Free Coffee and Tea tonight to Thruway Drivers; Last New Year’s Eve on Current Tappan Zee

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‘Tis the last New Year’s Eve for driving across the Tappan Zee Bridge, whose replacement waits to take a new place in Hudson Valley and New York State history.

“This bridge says that when you reject the naysayers, when you reject the doubt, when you reject the insecurity, when you find the confidence and the commonality, and you take all that negative energy and you turn it into positive energy, there is nothing you can’t do,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said earlier this month. “You find that confidence and you find that spot of cooperation and you turn that energy positive, and the sky is the limit.”

If you’re on the Thruway and need to take five or stretch your legs, then stop at any of its 27 travel plazas for free hot coffee and tea from 11 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. tomorrow.

Wishing you happy and healthy New Year! May the best of last year be the worst of next, and remember, please don’t drink and drive.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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