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Educational Outreach Center Closes as Project focuses on Path, Buildings; Bye to TZB Remains

Remaining Tappan Zee Bridge still a safety concern/EarthCam® construction camera

Tolls, explosions and a closing are slated for the bridge project. Those pieces of the Tappan Zee Bridge perched in the water will be no more come next month.

And remember about the toll and finance task force Governor Cuomo proposed in 2012? The one that was supposed to come up with a number? The governor talked about it four years ago in Piermont. Then, nothing.

The most-remembered part of the project may be its educational outreach component, which met with more than 65,000 students during its five years and complimented their classroom lessons:

• Year One: Discovery/Geo-tech of the Hudson River
• Year Two: Building a Strong Foundation
• Year Three: Teamwork and Innovation
• Year Four: Bridge Rising
• Year 5: Bridging the Future—Class of 2018

Its Tarrytown location will close this week; the Nyack location will remain open as the next phase continues: the walking and bicycle path on the northern span, the new maintenance facility and visitor and greeting area on the north side of the Thruway, and new state police barracks on the south side.

So while the year won’t end with a bang, the new year will begin with a kaboom as whatever is left of the Tappan Zee Bridge will be removed from the Hudson River. It’s a fitting end to a structure whose symbolic name ‘Tappan’ refers to the Tappan Tribe of Native Americans that inhabited the area and Zee refers to New York’s early Dutch settlers (‘zee’ means ‘sea’ in Dutch).

The bridge was eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (under Criteria A and C in Appendix D – Preliminary Section 106 and 4(f) Analysis for Tappan Zee Bridge). The purportedly-100-year-old wood barge and its coal cargo submerged below – reminiscent of the river’s role in industry and commerce, and in the construction zone – was also recommended for the same prestigious award.

Obliterating the area’s history with the strokes of a brush/Courtesy of Rockland Report

That part of history remains untouched as the new bridge is north of that old barge and its cargo. There’s a photo of the old bridge in today’s @NewNYBridge Twitter feed, which has so many awesome and memorable pictures in its “Looking Back” theme that I’m unable to decide which ones to retweet. Check them out for yourself.

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If you’re on the Thruway and need to take five or stretch your legs, then stop at any of its 27 travel plazas for free hot coffee and tea from 11 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. tomorrow.

Wishing you happy and healthy New Year! May the best of last year be the worst of next, and remember, please don’t drink and drive.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Falcon’s Surprise Appearance a Few Months Early

Tarrytown is the backdrop for one Peregrine falcon that returned to inspect its custom-made nest box on the Westchester tower.

Word has it the new home is approximately 150 feet higher than the former nest box on the Tappan Zee Bridge, where the last clutch of chicks (eyases) were hatched in spring 2017. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

Mama falcon’s watchful eye over her new little ones (behind in nest box)/EarthCam®

Check here for more information. At present time only the archives are available on the falcon webcam.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Bright Christmas Lights in LED Bridge Display

New bridge celebrates the holiday in red, green lights/EarthCam® construction camera

Motorists on the bridge last night were greeted with Christmas cheer from 2,700 LED lights that we first saw this time last year.

When it was midnight in New York, Santa was already busy as Christmas began in other parts of the world. By 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon it was Christmas in Australia, and when December 25 ends in New Zealand gifts are being unwrapped (maybe) at 5:15 a.m. here in New York.

However, New Zealand celebrates Christmas in the middle of its summer. Snow cone fights, anyone? Merry Christmas!

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Flashback Friday: Two Years Ago Today


This photo was taken in early August, when the towers were nearing their eventual heights. The new bridge is more even (less grade) so trucks won’t have to do what my neighbor calls “stop for air,” referring to their use of air brakes and shifting as needed on the current bridge.

Assembled more than 15 months ago, blue jump forms will be repurposed./© H. Hackson

Assembled more than 15 months ago, blue jump forms will be repurposed./© H. Hackson

You see a construction vehicle, right? Now look closely at what’s ON it.

Crews continue removing the self-climbing forms that helped build the main span towers during the past 15 months. They’re driven off the bridge — the westbound span is connected to land — to be repurposed.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Construction Continues; Demolition a Possibility

Here’s a look at the new bridge’s shared use path that will curve to meet the Westchester landing. Photos courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

You may or may not be able to see where the path meets the landing (above). However, you can see one of the scenic overlooks near Rockland taking shape.

And here’s a river view of an overlook on the westbound span near Westchester.

If you enlarge the above photo, then you’ll see the section of the old bridge, whose faulty joint postponed the opening of the new bridge’s eastbound span, behind it.

An article dated Dec. 6, 2018, in The Wall Street Journal said, “Contractors are considering using explosives to bring down a damaged section of the old Tappan Zee Bridge in a controlled demolition, according to a federal official.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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