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Perfect Spot for NYC Fireboat John D. McKean

A few days ago I wrote about the safety turnarounds on the westbound span that would aid first responders in case of emergencies. Last week I went to Sleepy Hollow to see the New York City Fireboat John D. McKean. She sat quietly at the end of a pier near Horan’s Landing, and I wondered why people said she blocked their view. There wasn’t much to see nearby; the new bridge and Rockland shores were quite visible.

True, it’s not my neighborhood; however, why the fuss? She is part of history and saved lives after one of our country’s most horrific attacks. This seems a perfect location. The nearby boats and equipment that belong to consortium Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) are an eyesore; the brightly colored vessel is an addition.

Less than one-half mile south at the Tarrytown viewing area, people were talking about the new and old bridges. One couple drove from New York City and asked how long it would take by train to get to Tarrytown; one friend was explaining to another how crews removed the Tappan Zee Bridge’s center section and, later, its eastern anchor span via controlled demolition.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Throwback Thursday: First Responders in Mind

Above are five structural steel beams for one of three safety turnarounds that will aid first responders in case of emergencies on the new bridge. We were en route to the center of the westbound span — as far as was safe since the span hadn’t been finished — to celebrate the main span towers’ completion in December 2016.

Above is the underside of one turanound courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

ICYMI: TZB Deconstruction & SUP Construction

Now that the Tappan Zee Bridge is disintegrating piece by piece (photos of steel plate composition above and hammer drill below courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority), and the new path is underway for a (date unknown) opening,

it’s time to resume walking. The distance will be more than 3.1 miles when you include the Westchester and Rockland landings.

How will traffic on the 12-foot-wide path be monitored? Suppose a walking group set out for a stroll one morning and meets a group of bicyclists heading in the opposite direction? How will they navigate their respective strides and directions?

Time for me to start walking again and prepare for the new 12-foot-wide concrete path without shade. Maybe bring an umbrella?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Optical Illusion: How Far from Here to There?

About 200 feet separate the Tappan Zee Bridge remains from the eastbound span of the new bridge. That’s a little less than half the height of the main span towers and two-thirds the length of the Statue of Liberty.

Don’t the spans look close? This an optical illusion is a little more than twice the distance between bases on a baseball diamond.

Here’s a river view of that distance during early construction (piles in river) days.

The Rockland landings of the new and old bridges are nearly one on top of the other! Last two photos are courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Happy Anniversary to Six Years of Blogging

They look so close to each other, stay cables and the cantilever truss structure. That’s what I thought driving home as cars well above the speed limit passed me.

The day was a break from a difficult week, a chance to disconnect temporarily. I’ve been covering this project for the past seven years, blogging about it for six, and sometimes include personal posts. I need to write, It keeps me going.

Obama fast-tracked the TZB project/© Janie Rosman 2014

Seeing President Obama, even from afar, when he came to Tarrytown five years ago, was a highlight as were watching the super crane place the first steel girder assembly and walking on the westbound span opening day ceremonies and freezing my bum during the topping off ceremony for the main span towers.

Governor Cuomo and your intrepid reporter/Phil Little

And the boat trips and umpteen photos and meeting the governor who, initially surprised and maybe wondering what the gutsy reporter walking toward him would ask or say, was friendly and seemed relieved no questions were asked. It was my intent to introduce myself, and as he stood there alone, I took the opportunity.

A favorite souvenir is the tiny, heavy sample from the new structure that keeps the papers on my desk from rearranging themselves when the window’s open.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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