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Above, below where TZB sections were Removed

My drive had a purpose: view the super crane and the Tappan Zee Bridge minus several sections. I missed the mark yet didn’t have to use my E-ZPass® again (a second attempt) because of this photo.

Aerial view of the new bridge and old bridges/Photo: Kevin P. Coughlin/State of New York

Partially obstructed by a tree at RiverWalk, the super crane is poised near the Westchester shoreline, where it’s been removing sections of the Tappan Zee.

Two months ago we drove on steel girders and deck panels atop piers (below).

Worker walking on a pier near the Westchester landing that will soon be dismantled/NYSTA

One of many photos I took last weekend, this depicts a snippet of past, present and future: Tappan Zee piers without girders and concrete deck panels, present new span and two future in-progress piers.

Although it’s exciting to report about the project, seeing this today en route to Westchester was disconcerting to say the least. Update: Project officials posted another view.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Sneak Peek at NYS Police Troop T’s Future Home

Today your intrepid reporter visited the project site. The above New York State Thruway Authority photo shows only one side so, camera in hand . . .

I drove past the fork in the road and was stopped by a guard. After a few minutes of talking, I took a few photos of the structure from an “invisible via car” side.

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Several years earlier, residents in the 40-home neighborhood bordering the bridge were concerned about how vehicles would access the construction site, safety for kids playing, school buses and the nearby JCC.

The area was quiet and clean this afternoon; the only visible signs of construction were structures (seen here) towering over a metal fence guarded by security. Past the cars and the Thruway is the new maintenance facility with new metal panels.

Personal note: A big thank you with gratitude and appreciation to everyone who supported me during the past stressful week. Mom was taken to the hospital one week ago Friday with multiple complications and was discharged yesterday with renewed spirit and appetite.

Needing to make a decision about mom in addition to other responsibilities, I kept putting one foot in front of the other. I’m relieved her health has improved and that she’s in a new facility to help her regain mobility and balance.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

ArtsWestchester Gala celebrates Bridge Project

Bridge at sunset, enhanced by aesthetic lighting/Photo: Kevin P. Coughlin/State of New York

Last Saturday, ArtsWestchester‘s gala 2017 fundraiser celebrated the new bridge as a work of art, honoring project director Jamey Barbas, P.E., and Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC).

Honorees and appreciation award recipients: public outreach coordinator Andrew P. O’Rourke, Jr., project director Jamey Barbas, P.E., TZC president Terry Towle and Business Council of Westchester president and CEO Dr. Marsha Gordon/Photo: Leslye Smith

Appreciation awards were given to Business Council of Westchester president and CEO Dr. Marsha Gordon and public outreach coordinator Andrew P. O’Rourke, Jr.

Arts in the region “brings us closer to our neighbors on the other side of the bridge,” ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam said three summers earlier.

ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam at gala honoring bridge project/Photo: Leslye Smith

The nonprofit was one of four groups collaborating on the 2014 Bridge Art Show that linked the project to creative populations in Nyack and Tarrytown. “It’s symbolic of connections and metaphorically working together.”

Congratulations to those who were recognized as we follow this exciting project.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Going, Going . . . more sections of TZB are Gone

Something happens one day a week that results in interesting information and pictures for those of us who weren’t invited to attend. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

How cool that the Tappan Zee Bridge will continue in spirit, recycled into parts for use elsewhere. How disappointing that we’re not alerted to exactly when the super crane will remove a section of it so we can watch. Many folks remember watching it being built so why not let us know when part of it will be removed?

Exactly how much of the bridge has disappeared so far? Looks like quite a bit of concrete road deck and structural steel are gone from both the Westchester and Rockland approach spans.

This weekly adventure looks like fun. We get to watch as the almost-made-it-to-62-years-old bridge spanning one of the widest Hudson River locations vanishes.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Second TZ Section, this over Metro-North, Gone

You may recall when the first girder assembly was pushed over the Hudson Line train tracks to the first set of piersPhotos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

This was followed by the second and third girder installations. Each time, Metro-North adjusted its schedule to accommodate the maneuvers.

Last Friday night, the super crane removed a second section of steel, this above the Metro-North tracks, and schedules were accommodated.

Such is the start of the changing view that will slowly evolve during the next year.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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