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Winter Storm Coming & about Driving in One

Trucking through a snowstorm on the Tappan Zee Bridge (not the same day) /© Wn.com

Trucking through a snowstorm on the Tappan Zee Bridge (not the same day) /© Wn.com

As of 3 p.m.today, tractor trailers and buses are banned from the 570-mile Thruway system and most interstate highways. Exceptions are I-95 in Westchester and Bronx counties. This means its 809 bridges, 118 interchanges, 11 toll barriers, and 27 service areas.

I’ve not driven on the new bridge during a snowstorm yet and don’t plan to yet.

About five winters ago I covered school board meetings in one of the Rivertowns. I usually took local roads west to Route 9 (Broadway), made a right turn and drove north to the school. One night after a meeting we walked back to find our cars covered in snow falling faster than I could count snowflakes. I was scared.

The car I’ve been driving for more than 20 years has seen me safely through both snowstorms and rainstorms (the kind where you put the windshield wipers on the fastest speed because the rain is coming down so fast that the regular speed isn’t fast enough).

Dad told me never to start the car and then get out to clean the windows because gosh forbid it shifts into gear. So after I cleared the windows, and did them again because it was snowing so hard, I started the car and turned on the wipers and the defroster.

As the car was warming up I was figuring out the safest way to drive home. And that very night I hoped there were lots of trucks on the highway.

If you know where Irvington is, then you know it’s nowhere near the interstate. Driving home on the same local road with its hills, hidden turns and sporadic lighting, although most direct, would be asking for trouble in that treacherous weather.

Instead, I headed north on Route 9 (Broadway) to Tarrytown and turned onto the Thruway, which fed into I-287. And I wasn’t disappointed! Plenty of trucks on the road that night to make tire indentations in the snow for drivers like me who had no business driving that night. Except for that school board meeting.

Got home safely. Forget that I was gripping the wheel and praying.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

TZB Demolition in Real Time & in Slow Motion

In case you missed the event yesterday as I did, here it is again in real time and in slow motion courtesy of Kevin P. Coughlin/State of New York. The section looks like it’s floating on the water; however, the perfect fall caused its columns to drop to the river bottom.

Demolition experts will place charges on vertical support structures along the span of the bridge. The charges are timed to detonate in a way that will safely lower the remaining structure eastward, away from the Hudson River’s main navigation channel, according to a fact sheet released by the construction project.

Fitting it happened this month: January 2013 was when the Thruway Authority issued Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) Notice To Proceed.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

TZB Anchor Span falls via Controlled Demolition

Crowds had gathered since early this morning to watch the controlled demolition of the ironic Tappan Zee Bridge. The temperate was below freezing; still, this was not to be missed despite its occurrence on a weekday morning. I’m sure motorists were annoyed that the estimated 10 a.m. explosion occurred nearly one hour later and can only imagine waiting on clogged westbound 287 in Westchester and the equally clogged eastbound Thruway in Rockland.

The above photo courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority shows the anchor span minutes after it fell into the Hudson River.

Demolition and salvage experts hired by Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) were in charge of the procedure. Vertical members of the span fell so the team could safely lower the span away from the main channel using specialty marine salvage equipment, per a fact sheet. Material will be removed from the river during the following weeks by mMarine salvage experts; chains on the riverbed will remove the steel and support the salvaged structure, which TZC will place on barges and remove from the site.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

New Bridge will Close for One Hour Tuesday A.M.

Seen at summer 2018 final TZB historical tour from Haverstraw Bay./© J. Rosman 2018

Prepare for delays when a controlled demolition will take down the eastern anchor span of what remains of the Tappan Zee Bridge this Tuesday morning.

State police will close Exit 9 (Tarrytown – Sleepy Hollow – Route 9), Route 119 in Elmsford and the Saw Mill Parkway (Exit 22) in Westchester, and Exit 10 (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W) and Exit 11 in Nyack (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W) in both directions at approximately 10 a.m.

Plan accordingly if you need to cross the river in either direction that morning.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

 

Thruway closes Tuesday a.m. for TZB Demolition

Seen at summer 2018 final TZB historical tour from Haverstraw Bay./© J. Rosman 2018

“Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) has rescheduled the controlled demolition of the old Tappan Zee Bridge’s east anchor span for Tuesday, January 15, at approximately 10 a.m., weather permitting,” the contractor said in a statement this evening.

In response the contractor rescheduling plans to demolish the eastern anchor span of the Tappan Zee Bridge this coming Tuesday, Jan. 15, at approximately 10 a.m., crews will begin to close entrance ramps.

In Westchester: Exit 9 (Tarrytown – Sleepy Hollow – Route 9), Route 119 in Elmsford and the Saw Mill Parkway (Exit 22)

and in Rockland: Exit 10 (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W) and Exit 11 in Nyack (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W).

The Coast Guard will establish a 2,500-foot safety area around the procedure, and the main span navigation channel will temporarily close from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“TZC continues to work with local, state, and federal agencies on the controlled demolition and the subsequent operations to remove the steel from the Hudson River,” the statement said. The contractor is coordinating with Metro-North regarding Hudson Line trains; see schedule here.

Plan accordingly if you need to cross the river in either direction that morning.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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