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Paving the Way for Site of Police Barracks

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Five months of zigging and zagging will end: the bridge builder is realigning traffic lanes where the toll plaza used to be. Project officials tell us the alignment will let the bridge builder ready the area for the police barracks to be built south of the Thruway; a new maintenance facility will be built north of the site.

I hope the realignment ends drivers’ dangerous lane crossovers. You know.

Vehicles come off the bridge, then a driver in the left lane realizes Exit 9 is approaching and zooms across lanes towards it. And no, you’re not imagining things: the photo above is the ghost of a toll plaza past.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Even if The Great Pumpkin Doesn’t Appear . . ..

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Since the bridge’s design was revealed its main span and towers have been fashioned from candy, food, K’NEX pieces and LEGO® bricks. And belvederes, to boot. Halloween sparks imagination, and this year Historic Hudson Valley created a Pumpkin Zee Bridge for its 12th annual Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Photo courtesy of Tom Nycz.

Made of 1,000 carved pumpkins, the 80-foot-long bridge — that visitors can walk through — is surrounded by 150 pumpkins carved to portray the Hudson River and fish. Very cool!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Towers Climb & Jump Form Removal Continues

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Today was a quiet day and included a visit to one of mom’s favorite places in Nyack, where we caught this view through colorful trees at Memorial Park.

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Here’s a close-up of the towers during their jump form removal processes.

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Those towers are nearing their eventual heights aided by self-climbing forms.

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When part of the cropped section is added back to the above photo you can see the stay cables and also how worn and rusted the current bridge is.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Final Girders Placed on TZB’s Northbound Span

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Aerial photos of the super crane placing the last girder assembly on the new bridge’s west/northbound span are credit Tom Kaminski / WCBS Chopper 880.

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Within 14 months the span went from first girder assembly placement to last.

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I recall when the super crane placed the bridge’s first girder assembly . . .

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. . . when a barge made its way down the river from the Port of Coeymans.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

TBT: Super Crane Arrives; Cuomo on Bridge Tolls

Massive crane has a 328-foot boom/© Janie Rosman 2014

Massive crane has a 328-foot boom/© Janie Rosman 2014

Nothing could upstage the massive I Lift NY crane that traveled north from lower Manhattan to the project site earlier this week save for one word: tolls.

Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed that straight on when he joined community leaders, reporters and project officials in Piermont Monday to welcome the massive crane. “We need to get a little more specific information before we can figure out what the tolls could be,” he said.

Asked about the task force he proposed in 2012 to address this, Cuomo cited the variables.

“We don’t know how much we will we get from the federal government, how much we will get from the state; there are state loans and grants we can access,” he said. Additional unknowns are the built-in contract incentives for Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) to finish the project before spring 2018 or penalties for completing it later.

“Once you have those numbers, then you can come up with a plan about how to do it, what commuters should pay, on-hour, off-hour, etc.,” he said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo talks about the bridge, Rep. Nita Lowey, Special Project Advisor Brian ConybeareGovernor Andrew Cuomo talks about the bridge, Rep. Nita Lowey, Special Project Advisor Brian Conybeare/© Janie Rosman 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo talks about the bridge, Rep. Nita Lowey, Special Project Advisor Brian ConybeareGovernor Andrew Cuomo talks about the bridge, Rep. Nita Lowey, Special Project Advisor Brian Conybeare/© Janie Rosman 2014

What we do know is the I Lift NY crane will save the state money. “I’ve never had a deep emotional connection to a crane before, but I want you to know that I truly am in love with this crane,” Cuomo smiled. “They call it the I Lift NY crane, I call it the I Love NYcrane.” He later told reporters, “I love the crane that saved us $1 billion.”The governor assured the task force will be formed “I think within the next year, certainly,” and commuters “should have to pay as little as possible.” Rumors have been that tolls could run as high as $14 per vehicle, but state officials have downplayed that possibility.

After its six-plus-week trek from Oakland, CA, and recent docking at Jersey City, it arrived ready to set sections of pre-fabricated steel, 350 feet long each, from about 100 miles north at Port of Coeymans.

Barging the metal downriver and lifting it into place reduces the amount of necessary dredging by about 50 percent, special project advisor Brian Conybeare noted, as does the shallow-drafted barge the crane rests upon.

Cuomo noted that TZC is “building a bridge in one of the most environmentally-sensitive areas on the globe,” citing environmental protections and precautions in place to protect the Hudson River and its marine life. These include oyster relocation, bubble curtains protecting endangered Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon, and acoustic receivers near the construction zone to locate these species, tagged by other researchers.

Per a September 19 email from NYS DEC representative Peter Constantakes, agency staff visited the Port of Coeymans after being alerted of possible violations related to work being performed by TZC, and directed the company to cease operations immediately.

TZC president Darrell Waters gives project status update

TZC president Darrell Waters gives project status update

In a statement dated October 8, Constantakes wrote, “DEC completed an investigation of this incident and has entered into an Order on Consent with Tappan Zee Constructors that addresses violations of the Environmental Conservation law. The violations pertain to the company beginning construction at the site prior to DEC issuing the necessary permits.

The Consent Order requires Tappan Zee Constuctors to pay a $10,000 civil penalty and provide at least $55,000 for an Environmental Benefit Project to be determined by DEC.”

At 24 percent completed, and with 65 percent of the piling is in, the project is now “going vertical,” TZC president Darrell Waters said, noting 31 cranes are working in-river. “By end of year, you will start to see main span pylons coming out of the foundations.”

Take advantage of the viewing area at Pierson Park in Tarrytown, outfitted with high-powered monoculars and three informational panels.

Fielding questions/© Janie Rosman 2014

Fielding questions/© Janie Rosman 2014

At the Thruway Authority’s August 6 meeting, Chairman Howard P. Milstein noted some legislators “think there’s a surplus of $4 billion, and (that it) should be used for the bridge,” citing the $3.3 billion New York State is set to receive from a recent record settlement with France’s largest bank that will be added to its general fund.

Some of this money would be deposited into a new infrastructure bank created by the state, the governor said.

To date, the project awarded more than $100 million to DBE firms and contracted with 137 companies from Westchester County, 64 from Rockland County. “Almost 550 craftsmen (are) on the project site,” Waters said. “(This) will peak at about 650 (people) working here next year.”

Citing the Empire State’s fortitude, Cuomo stated, “For people who have lost faith in New York, for people who think we can’t get things done, New Yorkers haven’t lost their creativity, they haven’t lost their energy, they haven’t lost their combativeness, their competiveness, and that’s what this project is all about.”

My article originally appeared in the Rockland County Times October 9, 2014.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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