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Drivers were Greeted by a Super Crane this Week

You know when you’re driving and wish you could stop and reach for your camera or phone — or had a passenger in your vehicle — to take a picture when you hit that sweet spot-of-a-perfect-view?

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These awesome pictures of the I Lift NY and bridge are courtesy of Evan Burrows.

Evan Burrows

Constructions crews installed the second crossbeam between two main span peers this week. See here for the first crossbeam placement.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

#ThrowbackThursday and #facesofthebridge

Penning their names on a football for Super Bowl XLVIII (2014) and 1st bridge year/NYSTA

Penning their names on a football for Super Bowl XLVIII (2014) and 1st bridge year/NYSTA

Every year around the holidays and Super Bowl the Outreach Team highlights people who work on the project in offices, Thruway facilities, on the river.

Commemorating Super Bowl XLIX (2015) and project staff with this signed helmet/NNYB

Commemorating Super Bowl XLIX (2015) and project staff with this signed helmet/NNYB

While the big football game was nearly two weeks ago, it’s never too late to look back a few years . . . and since today is Throwback Thursday, all the more reason.

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This year a special version of the Vince Lombardi Trophy was signed by staff.

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To show us another side of the project the Twitter hashtag #facesofthebridge was created. Pictures three and four here from that hashtag are credited to NNYB.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Final Demolition Before New Facility Can be Built

One side of the building includes a visitor and greeting area and faces S. Broadway/NYSTA

One side of the building includes a visitor and greeting area and faces S. Broadway/NYSTA

Last April reporters and project officials watched as the company Marcela Pignataro and her husband Frank dreamed of years ago demolished part of the vacated 18,000-foot building that once housed New York State Police Troop T Barracks.

separated buildingsThat chilly morning we media spoke with spoke with NYS Thruway Authority Construction Compliance Engineer Tom McGuinness. The maintenance facility had been about 90 percent relocated at the time, supporting a few maintenance operations.

The building was separated from the barracks, creating a gap that had been sealed the day before. Once it’s torn down the bridge builder can start work on the new facility.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certifiable building will be rebuilt as a visitor and greeting area once the project is completed. A 26,000-square-foot maintenance facility will be north of the site, and Troop T will be relocated to a new building on the south side of Thruway; both will be finished by 2018.

Garage bays and highway equipment face the Thruway and allow for easy access/NYSTA

Garage bays and highway equipment face the Thruway and allow for easy access/NYSTA

Project officials said the layout is designed so emergency crews can easily access the bridge. The visitor and administration entrance will face South Broadway and the shared use path’s Westchester terminus.

Former Thruway maintenance facility will be demolished/EarthCam® construction camera

Former Thruway maintenance facility will be demolished/EarthCam® construction camera

Two years ago the state police and Tappan Zee Bridge maintenance crews moved to 160 N. Route 303 in West Nyack, Zone 1 headquarters for New Rochelle, Newburgh and now Tarrytown barracks.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Heat and Cold No Match for Construction Crews

I Lift NY super crane placed the first crossbeam on main span towers last week/NYSTA

I Lift NY super crane placed the first crossbeam on main span towers last week/NYSTA

Some years back my cousin Russ from the West Coast visited for a few days. A history buff, he suggested we see “Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure” (2001) while he was in town. I wasn’t familiar with Shackleton and walked out of the theater amazed at his courage and determination. If you haven’t seen this seat-gripping film about his landmark expedition, then I suggest adding it to your list.

Big reach here: despite this winter’s bone-chilling temps the bridge progresses.

Today I saw an exhibit at Rockland Center for the Arts, and while driving there — once at the bridge’s Westchester approach — I looked for the recently installed main span crossbeam. I couldn’t see it from the road and thought about the crews working in all kinds of weather to install that first crossbeam, place road deck and build the main span towers . . .

. . . and to install pile caps (August 2014), place the first girder (eastbound span) and then the first for the westbound span in summer’s heat. As one friend said, “It’s not building itself.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Notable Few Weeks through an Expert’s Lens

Winter Storm Jonas: welcome sight to find stores that stayed open/Credit Frank LoBuono

Winter Storm Jonas: welcome sight to find stores that stayed open/Credit Frank LoBuono

Photographer and writer Frank LoBuono has been detailing his adventures in Iowa and New Hampshire, showing us the doings besides candidates and caucuses . . . like getting from here to there — why are connecting flight gates never near each other? — on time so we can watch at home.

News happens no matter what: TV troopers on the campaign trail/Credit Frank LoBuono

News happens no matter what: TV troopers on the campaign trail/Credit Frank LoBuono

Remember the blizzard a few weeks ago, when we saw the-city-that-never-sleeps wide awake? Imagine explaining something to a friend and ending your story with, “You had to be there.” He was there!

Seen in New Hampshire: melted snow and an undeterred message/Credit Frank LoBuono

Seen in New Hampshire: melted snow and an undeterred message/Credit Frank LoBuono

What we don’t see on television captivates me: the beauty of each place, people on the street, trees catching the waning sunlight, landmark architecture, finding the snow-covered car after nonstop days at work, heading back to an airport for connecting flights to another city.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Bob Shieffer, Rockland's fav photographer Frank LoBuono

Emmy Award-winning journalist Bob Shieffer, Rockland’s fav photographer Frank LoBuono

I’m a vicarious traveler and have never been to either state; however, someone I met and became friends with at college was from Iowa. Does that count?

For more photos and discussion visit his blog: http://www.talk-frank.blogspot.com/.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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