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Progressing on Opposite Sides of the Thruway

Next month will be three years ago that water splashed, and the machine lunged at the former police barracks and Thruway Authority maintenance facility in Tarrytown. 

The building was separated from the barracks, creating a gap that had been sealed the day before (click photo).

As both new facilities take shape, crews continue pouring concrete for the new state police barracks on the south side of the Thruway and are installing exterior wall panels on the new maintenance building on the north side (you can see it from the approach span).

The past will soon be gone: crews are demolishing the old maintenance garage in Tarrytown. Photos 1 and 3 courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

Remember what happened seven months ago? Click here to find out.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Eastbound Span Increases as TZB Decreases

This photo showing the angle we see from the other side (while heading west) is straight from the project’s newest tower webcam via EarthCam® construction cameras. If you click the photo, then you can see the I Lift NY setting structural steel near the Westchester shoreline.

Been a while since I posted: while I was away getting a new hip joint, the super crane’s been busy! Last weekend it was installing deck panels on the eastbound span so that you and your vehicle will have a safe ride. President Barack Obama and Governor Andrew Cuomo both talked about holes in the Tappan Zee Bridge’s roadway.

“At times you can see the river through the cracks of the pavement,” Obama said during his May 2014 visit to Tarrytown. “Now, I’m not an engineer, but I figure that’s not good.”

“They keep doing these patch jobs on the Tappan Zee Bridge, including those very heavy metal plates over holes in the Tappan Zee Bridge,” Cuomo said during remarks to the North America Building Trades Union’s Legislative Conference in April 2016.

“And when you go over the heavy metal plates, you see the truck in front of you bounces just a little bit, and then you see a little light coming through from the corner of the plate,” he said. “I would always take my seat belt off when I was going over the Tappan Zee Bridge. I was getting ready to swim, I would take off my shoes, and I would open the window. I was ready.”

In the above photo, courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority, cranes are installing said deck panels. They’ll be interlocked via their hairpin reinforcing steel bars, after which reinforcing concrete will be poured between the spaces (around the steel) prior to the final driving surface.

Enough excitement for now. Check back later for another blog post. Self-promo: my article about infrastructure, the new bridge and federal spending will go live next month in a national magazine.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Lots Happening Today Locally and Nationally

This time last year it snowed. Today students locally and across our nation will be protesting Congress’ inaction about gun control. And today is Pie Day.

Here’s a neat photo. The same way kids’ toys interlock, these hairpin reinforcing steel bars connect deck panels to each other. Reinforcing concrete will be poured between the spaces (around the steel) prior to the final driving surface.

Here, another view of deck panels to be installed, at the Westchester landing.

Pick a size, the right size. Adjustable bars are suited for the weight/size objects they’re required to place on the new bridge. Photos are courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Missing our Rides and Spending Time Together

It’s all about perception. A little more than 18 months ago, mom and I took a drive north. It was August, and we wanted to enjoy the warm weather. Yes, it will return.

We stopped at a viewing area off one of the local roads and discovered this rock.

Someone made a great effort to get to that rock to write on it. It’s surrounded by greenery, maybe some of it Poison ivy, and might have been a dangerous trek.

Now look at it from this angle: it’s behind a guard rail, down a very steep incline and surrounded by who-knows-what. Someone really wanted to write on that rock. That’s determination.

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Our last drive to Memorial Park was this time last year. She has yet to ride across the new bridge that she watched being built. Soon enough.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Simultaneously Building and Dismantling

You might be planning to take it easy this weekend; however, the super crane will be working on the eastbound span near Westchester. Nearly two-and-one-half years ago, rews installed steel girders across the Metro-North tracks. The girders will connect the Westchester abutment to that span’s land piers Saturday night to Sunday morning.

Metro-North will suspend trains from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday morning. Expect an extra 25-minute delay. For detailed MTA information, click here.

Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour.

And then there’s the Tappan Zee Bridge or what remains of it per a southeastern view of its piers from Rockland. Photos courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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