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Two Small Pieces of a Whole Lot of History

Photo of new eastbound span/Mike Groll at the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor Cuomo began the last week in August by touring the eastbound span that will be finished next month. “I’m pleased to report that thanks to the tireless work of the women and men building the new bridge, the project will be completed in mid-September if Mother Nature cooperates,” Cuomo said.

Photo of TZB cross-section/Mike Groll at the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

These photos of the dwindling bridge are a stark contract to the stay-cabled towers looming high above the Thruway. Now if only they can retain the area’s history via a name addition. Notice I didn’t say change; I said addition. For many it will always be the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Photo of the remaining TZB/Mike Groll at the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

During Wednesday night’s primary debate with gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo stated, “The Tappan Zee Bridge is no more. Actually, I was there the other day. There’s two small pieces left,” he gestured with his hands. “It’s going to go away.”

Not from the hearts and minds of many in the Hudson Valley.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Greeted by Nature Today at the Perfect Time

The Esposito Trail was sunny and empty save for the occasional bicyclist or person walking a dog. We politely smiled at one another as we passed, I with shoes and a jacket and a camera, they with shorts, tee shirts and sneakers. Not longer after I began walking I saw a black bird that posed for me, a contrast with the Thruway’s background traffic noise.

Even more remarkable was the white butterfly that gracefully flitted around me. I said, “Hi, daddy,” as I always do when nature comes near me, then asked it to please stop so I could take its picture. To my amazement, it glided gently to the ground in front of me and folded its wings, and after I clicked the camera button it flitted around me again before flying away.

I miss my dad so much it hurts at times. Tomorrow will be four and one-half-years to the day he left us. The word is died; that’s hard to say and even more painful to write. Today’s walk was peaceful even as I passed trees marked with orange dots and wooden posts tied with what looked like pink plastic and that had letters and numbers written on them.

Several trees on the South Nyack side (not the Thruway side) were down, and the fact that others were marked indicated what was to come. People walked in the middle of the path as I did, moving to the right when we approached each other from opposite directions.

To reiterate how I felt last year and still do, it’s hard for me to imagine what it will be like walking the trail, which will remain cinder, once the new path is built.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Disappearing Gusset Plates, New Bridge Fencing

“Where was this photo taken?” It looks like a westward view between the two spans from one of the new bridge’s three emergency turnaround lanes’ anti-climb fencing in this photo courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority. We’re told fencing will run the length of the bridge and shared use path save for where soundwalls are installed at each landing.

As the eastbound spans nears completion, the Tappan Zee Bridge continues to disappear per the above Thruway Authority photo. Crews are torching steel gusset plates off the old bridge, while other plates support the structure as the main span is being dismantled.

It’s expected the eastbound span will soon open, and then crews will turn their attention to the shared use path that will intersect the Esposito Trail in South Nyack. Going to walk it today.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

All 135 TZB Deck Panels at New Locations

More Tappan Zee Bridge deck panels were delivered today to nine municipalities throughout the state for immediate and future infrastructure proejcts. They’d make huge paperweights as they weigh between 75,000 and 110,000 pounds each and are 50 feet long. Photos are courtesy of @nygovcuomo.

Today completed delivery of all 135 panels — made available after the new bridge’s westbound span opened this time last year — that have a combined estimated value of approximately $4.1 million.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Paving Paradise . . . to put in a New Side Path

The last time I walked the Esposito Trail was last July, more than year prior to my eye exam that led to cataract removal surgery. I lost my eyeglasses there the following day and hope whoever found them donated them to an organization or left them in a box where eyeglasses are collected.

With new eyes and a new hip joint (mid-March), I’m going to walk the trail again to check out the greenery as Thruway Authority crews are beginning to clear away trees in South Nyack. Note there will be temporary traffic signals and one lane on the South Broadway bridge; they’re building an underpass for the side path.

Would that things had turned out differently. This is a pretty trail; I’ve not been here often yet enjoy walking it. I can’t imagine what it will be like with the side path. We’ll find out soon enough.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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