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Friday Afternoon: Two Months from Four Years

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Four-thirty, and the crowd was gathering on 287. Past Exit 9, when trucks didn’t block our view, we could see the main span towers between trees.

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The setting sun illuminated the clouds and provided a gorgeous backdrop for what we really wanted to see (not the fencing). They look delicate, right?

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Twelve pairs of cables are being anchored to each side of the towers and tensioned to outside sections of structural steel. The cable bundles increase in size as they move away from the towers to support the 74-million-pound main span roadway. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

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Yesterday was two months from January 18, 2017, which will be four years since the Thruway Authority gave Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) the A-OK to begin.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

From Afar at Night and Daytime Close-ups

Recently-installed stay cables support roadway and look delicate at midnight (EarthCam®).

Recently-installed stay cables support roadway and look delicate at midnight (EarthCam®).

A reporter who has covered the project for nearly five years (since March 2012), I’ve been invited to several educational outreach presentations for different grades. The presentation at Hudson Valley P-TECH clicked, as I told you last week.

Now in the fourth year of construction, the corresponding presentation — geared to audience levels — focused on the main span towers and roadway and stay cables with a bit of project history.

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No fear of heights: @NewNYBridge tweeted this view from an anchor pier near the Westchester shoreline. Note: that’s equipment and not a worker at the bottom. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

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All we see from the road are blue girders; atop them are concrete deck panels  and closures between them. They look a lot larger than from the car!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Paralleling Courses at Hudson Valley P-TECH

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Last week I attended a presentation at Hudson Valley P-TECH (The New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School program) in Piermont.

Photo of students and teachers courtesy New York State Thruway Authority.

P-TECH — a partnership of Rockland BOCES, Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, Southern Westchester BOCES, State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (SUNYIT), SUNY Rockland Community College and Westchester Community College — is project-based for problem-solving and prepares students for skilled jobs the business community needs.

The school opened in September 2014 at Orangetown Middle School. For the past two years it’s been at Rockland BOCES in Piermont. Each year freshmen have a career orientation, she said, learning about the three pathways offered through business partners and organizations P-TECH works with during the year.

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They were enrolled in engineering, information technology and green building (sustainable design) programs and came into the room curious. On the center of each tale was a sample of the bridge project: a piece of galvanized steel rebar (piers, towers), a section of metal strand (stay cables), a square of clear plastic (border wall of walking path), a cross-section of cable sheathing.

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“We have a group of engineering students who are Engineering 105 right now,” P-TECH Principal Natasha Shea. “It’s part of their curriculum with RCC, and they have to design and build a bridge, so this fits into what they’re learning.”

Questions ranged from traffic patterns when the current bridge is dismantled to how the new bridge will carry the same 140,000-per-day vehicle load to when the spans would open to project costs and projected tolls.

“This presentation has the components of all three pathways: how they’re working on the beam and platforms, being sensitive to the environment, engineering and the computer information (cyber security) component,” Shea said.

Students are dually enrolled in both the high school and college, and maintain ties to their school district, earning a Regents diploma, an associate’s degree and work experience. Having the same classmates for six years gives some a sense of security and eliminates the “who will be in my class” feeling some students feel each September.

They will attend RCC during their last two years in the program. “They’re starting to take classes there, like a summer class, to transition out of high school,” Shea said.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Coming Together: Looking Good from the Road

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A reporter who’s covered the bridge project for nearly five years (March 2012), I’ve been invited to educational outreach presentations at various schools and community settings.

One of the events I attended was a few days ago at Hudson Valley P-TECH in Piermont. Watch for details in a separate blog post. Another was a workshop two weeks ago; I blogged about it here.

As I listened to one aspect of the construction being explained, it clicked. I take for granted driving across the bridge for work, to see friends, to take mom to Memorial Park in Nyack. Last week I chose not to bring a camera and instead looked at what was going on next to me as I drove.

For all my talk about missing the bridge, and coming home from college on weekends, knowing we were home once we saw the bridge, I’m starting to like the new structure. Must be the cables.

Before I give away the article by talking about the construction I’ll stop here. What I can tell you is the above photo is courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

U.S. Army First Lieutenant Harold V. Rosman

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My favorite veteran left us nearly three years ago. We have this picture in the foyer and meant to have it framed; however, where it is now offers a clear view of dad’s smile as we walk in the door.

I love you and miss you, dad. During one of our last conversations I told you about something on my mind, something I was thinking about doing. When I finished speaking you looked at me, grinned and said, “Go for it!”

This is my new mantra, dad. Happy Veteran’s Day on the other side.

I love you and miss you,

Janie

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