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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

TBT: Sneak Peek at New State Police Barracks

Last year your intrepid reporter visited the project site. The above New York State Thruway Authority photo shows only one side so, camera in hand . . .

I drove past the fork in the road and was stopped by a guard. After a few minutes of talking, I took a few photos of the structure from an “invisible via car” side.

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Several years earlier, residents in the 40-home neighborhood bordering the bridge were concerned about how vehicles would access the construction site, safety for kids playing, school buses and the nearby JCC.

The area was quiet and clean this afternoon; the only visible signs of construction were structures (seen here) towering over a metal fence guarded by security. Past the cars and the Thruway is the new maintenance facility with new metal panels.

Personal note: A big thank you with gratitude and appreciation to everyone who supported me during the past stressful week. Mom was taken to the hospital one week ago Friday with multiple complications and was discharged yesterday with renewed spirit and appetite.

Needing to make a decision about mom in addition to other responsibilities, I kept putting one foot in front of the other. I’m relieved her health has improved and that she’s in a new facility to help her regain mobility and balance.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Detour Friday Overnight as Westbound Lanes Shift so Crews can Build Bridge’s SUP

Two more days to drive on the right side of the westbound span because Friday night brings a traffic shift so crews can start building the shared use path.

Multiple lane closures will begin at approximately 8 p.m. Friday as traffic conditions permit. At least one Rockland-bound lane will remain open except when State Police stop and temporarily hold traffic. All four lanes will be open by Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Exit 9 northbound ramp on Route 119 in Tarrytown will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday. Northbound drivers will be detoured to the Exit 8.

Map, markers and route are courtesy of Yahoo! Maps

My suggestion if you’re already in Tarrytown or Sleepy Hollow:

Take Benedict Avenue at South Broadway through to Route 119/White Plains Road in Greenburgh. Turn left at the light, and continue to I-87/I-287 north/west (sign is on the left).

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

TZB Demolition & Removal Proceed as Planned

Now that the eastbound ride is closer to what remains of the Tappan Zee Bridge, how many of you are looking to see where one of the members slipped in one of the joints?

I am. Maybe others can find it on the east anchor span; maybe it’s not visible from the road due to its location above the support columns near the western opening.

The Thruway Authority said the demolition process will proceed as planned and will not be expedited. Strand jacks will assist with lowering the two anchor spans, after which the super crane will help remove the main span’s steel support structures, completing main span removal by late fall 2018.

“Engineers try to prepare for all contingencies and generally have a series of demolition stages where they examine and prepare for the different loading conditions at each stage,” Andrew Herrmann, partner emeritus of consulting engineers, Hardesty & Hanover, explained.

During demolition, when removing members of the bridge, loads in remaining members change and have to be checked to make sure no component is overloaded.

The eastbound span of the new bridge is and always was safe. Happy viewing!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

New Ride on Eastbound Span; SUP is Underway

Nice, roomy ride back to Westchester this afternoon that gave me a much closer look at what little remains of the Tappan Zee Bridge. I was in the right lane as cars whizzed by me.

It looks close for 160 feet apart; however, it’s an optical illusion from the driver’s seat. This is a better view of the old bridge than from the westbound span.

En route to Rockland, I wanted to see where the shared use path left the bridge. It was difficult to tell so I found where the path separated from the Thruway.

The newest span is open, it’s a smooth ride that offers a better view of what’s doing on the east side of the old bridge. Don’t forget to check the great view of the Hudson Valley heading westbound.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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