More about the Morning on the Westbound Span
The bus was nicely heated, and my seat number was 10, indicated above the window. The 10th was when my dad visited me in a dream. Coincidence? I felt he was with me in spirit as I wore his yellow V-neck sweater, one of several layers to keep me warm in the elements.
I thought about his sweater during the Q & A with Governor Andrew Cuomo after he, Project Director Jamey Barbas, Congresswoman Nita Lowey spoke. The governor touched a pin affixed to his tie that belonged to his dad, the late Governor Mario Cuomo, and said he was there with him in spirit.
“These are expansion joints. See how you can’t just walk through the full bridge?” Thruway Authority Director of Media Relations and Communications Jennifer Givner said, pointing to metal pieces between the concrete.
We were on the Westchester approach of the new westbound span. “That rebar is installed for the guard rails,” Givner said, indicating them. “Many of them have been poured (with cement).”
The bus rolled slowly over another expansion joint, and she indicated the incomplete eastbound span to the left. It will be finished and connected to the landings when the current bridge is dismantled.
“The deck panels are the base of the driving surface,” Givner said. They’ll be covered with a one-inch polymer overlay: it’s durable, and that will be the final driving surface and will have lane markings.
We passed one of the three emergency turnarounds; the other two are on the Rockland side and will help first responders quickly access accidents and can be used to reroute traffic when necessary.
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No one else looked cold. About 15 minutes after arriving (and outside on the span) I’d returned to the bus to deposit my scarf and hat. Big mistake. The governor didn’t look cold except his nose was red.
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Thank you to a LinkedIn connection who works on the project and, seeing me, came over to introduce himself. I’m glad he did and that we talked for a few minutes.
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