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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

Crane Collapses Across Spans, Closing Bridge; Governor Cuomo and Federal Inspectors on Scene

crane collapse

One of 28 cranes — a vibratory hammer crane that was driving piles for the New NY Bridge project — crashed across both lanes of the Tappan Zee and its replacement today just before noon.

“Miraculously, there were no serious injuries whatsoever,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said during an afternoon update to media.

Five people — two construction workers and three motorists whose cars swerved to avoid the crane as it fell — sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Rockland County Executive Ed Day said earlier today.

Cuomo accompanied federal inspectors as they checked the bridge’s structure to determine if there was underneath damage from the boom falling.

UPDATE: Three northbound lanes opened by 5:25 p.m., and two southbound lanes opened by 8 p.m. The third southbound lane, where the guardrail was damaged (see picture below), will remain closed as crews need to put plates on the roadway due to surface and underneath structural damage.

“At least one lane on the south (Westchester-bound) side appears to have had significant damage,” Cuomo said during the first press briefing. Experts were to make a final determination after their inspection.

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

Investigators will also determine why the new crane malfunctioned. Workers continue to remove the boom from the top of the bridge’s deck.

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

Picture-Perfect Day for Relaxing by the Water

Memorial Park

The clouds were carefully painted by a skilled hand onto a crisp blue sky canvas. As the sun alternately shone and disappeared the in-progress main span towers changed from gray to light.

As there was no construction this weekend the super crane and other equipment were frozen in the picture, ready to resume tomorrow. En route we passed steel piles near South Nyack, where the bridge builder is extending the maintenance trestle.

Another hot day that was perfect for watching the Hudson River from under a tree at Memorial Park in Nyack.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Changes at Thruway Authority Helm and on Board

The bridge made a very cool photo backdrop during media tours and still does!

Last month Governor Cuomo nominated Bill Finch, who was until then mayor of Bridgeport (where my dad was born), Acting Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation (subject to State Senate confirmation).

Looked like perfect weather for him and Project Director Jamey Barbas that day.

Best wishes to Mr. Finch in his new role.

Returning and new Thruway Authority board members are former state budget director Robert L. Megna and former State Senator Stephen M. Saland.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Initial RNAs

girders and super crane

Recently the U.S. Coast Guard established a 200-yard safety zone around the I Lift NY super crane per the Thruway Authority’s request and will remain in effect until the bridge opens in 2018 as will established and new boater safety rules.

As nana would say, it’s nearer than farther.

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This was nearly three years ago:

Updated safety information in the U.S. Coast Guard’s revised Notice to Mariners includes establishing a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) 300 yards north and 200 yards south of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge.

All boaters are required to use the main channel, reduce wake and use extreme caution while transiting the area. If necessary, the Coast Guard in the future may temporarily prohibit all vessel traffic in the RNA for safety purposes.

Activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL. The Coast Guard boating safety information — excerpted and in its entirety — is listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website.

Utility work on River Road in South Nyack continues through November, and “will involve reducing the roadway to one lane during daytime hours,” per an update from the New NY Bridge. Temporary coverings during non-construction times will cause uneven surfaces for drivers and bicyclists; caution and slower speeds are advised.

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Detailed information — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — is also listed on the project website.  A LNM primer is here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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