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

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