Archive for the ‘Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge’ Category

Concrete Pours continue on Soon-to-Open Span

Remember these? They’re deck panels at the Westchester landing months earlier. The same way kids’ toys interlock, these hairpin reinforcing steel bars connect deck panels to each other. Reinforcing concrete will be poured between the spaces (around the steel) prior to the final driving surface. Photo courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

Enlarged photo of Westchester landing, where crews are pouring cement closures after deck panels were installed /Kevin Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The other day someone asked me why the Tappan Zee Bridge couldn’t be used as a bridge park. One look at the section below from the same photo will answer his question.

People ask why the Tappan Zee Bridge cannot become a bridge park. The reason: no way to connect it to land /Kevin Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

You can see that the new westbound span and in-progress eastbound span are connected to the Westchester landing, and the piers of the Tappan Zee Bridge are hanging out in the river. How would people access the bridge park if there’s no connection to land?

Westchester and Rockland have plenty of beautiful riverside parks to enjoy. I disagreed with the idea for a bridge park, namely for safety and lack of feasibility. There’s a way to enjoy the river view from the new bridge when the side path opens in 2019.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

ICYMI: Fireworks Display courtesy of EarthCam®

Above is an edited version of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on New York City’s East River courtesy of EarthCam®. There may be a photo somewhere of the new bridge lit up in red, white and blue; I’m sure it looked pretty reflected in the dark river.

Hope you enjoyed the 4th of July holiday.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Excited to see the New Bridge & Remaining TZB

There’s always another chance to do or see something you missed. Last month, I missed the event I’d been waiting for since last year: removal of the Tappan Zee Bridge’s center span. Lowering the piece of a five-section process was emotional for some; I was two months out of hip joint replacement surgery and felt it was unsafe to be on an unsteady surface: the Hudson River. Oh, and the foot on my surgical leg was too swollen for the steel-toed shoes.

And . . . it’s happening today! Within a few hours, I’ll be on a paddle wheeler that’s headed for the new bridge and disappearing TZB. Cloudy day? No matter.

My E-ZPass® tag hasn’t been used in months and needs exercise. I’m still walking several times each week to prepare for my trek across the shared use path, when it opens. This will also be my first trip across the new bridge in months.

Double anticipation today!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Holiday Weekend: Keep in Mind Boater Safety

There’s a silence to this photo taken from seven and one-half miles south of the bridges. One bridge nearly completed and one partially-dismantled bridge that was cause for celebration and dismay when it opened: another way to cross the Hudson River at irreparable cost to a village.

Recently, I heard stories about the Tappan Zee Bridge from someone who moved to the area as a child and who loved to swim in the river it crossed. It must have been fun way back then to swim in a clean river with keeping cool the only aims.

While the Hudson’s not for humans it is for boats (neat segue, right?) as Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. I’ve been on the Hudson numerous times, thanks to this project. Never been on a sailboat or a small craft. Hint, hint, maybe an invitation.

Remember, the project is still an active construction site. Earlier this month, the main span channel was closed when crews removed the center section of the old bridge.

Have fun, be safe, obey the rules and keep all required supplies, including first aid, aboard. Enjoy!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Sight Unseen: Activity Beyond the Car Windows

No fear of heights for whoever took the first two photos in this blog post or the above view of structural steel connecting the unfinished eastbound span to the Westchester landing. Photos courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

After structural steel comes concrete deck panels. More than 6,000 precast ones, including those you and I drive on, have been placed so far.

You won’t see this from the road: the top view of a concrete barrier form that’s filled with steel rebar, which reinforces everything concrete on the new bridge.

Lots of progress on the Thruway Authority maintenance building, in final design. Maybe you missed this while driving by as we know your eyes were on the road.

The new barracks for state police is also shaping up on the Thruway’s south side.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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