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Here’s what happened three years ago ’bout now

I’ve tried to see the crane that’s now poised on the other side of the bridge; it’s not that easy. Photo courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

A little flashback to May 2014 . . .

The White House’s four-year, $302 billion transportation bill would reverse a longstanding prohibition — under Title 23 of the United States Code (Highways) — on interstate tolling.

Driving eastbound on the inside lane to better see the project site/© Janie Rosman 2014

Driving eastbound on the inside lane to better see the project site/© Janie Rosman 2014

President Barack Obama will be in Tarrytown Wednesday to talk money: his administration would direct approximately $150 billion into infrastructure programs, roads and bridges, as well as funds from fuel taxes.

Against a Tappan Zee Bridge backdrop, the president will highlight the urgency of replenishing the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Authorization for the Department of Transportation to spend on highway, bridge, and transit projects expires on September 30, 2014.

Due here in June/Courtesy Team Outreach

Due here in June/Courtesy Team Outreach

As the New NY Bridge project continues, the I Lift NY is currently being readied in New Jersey, and is due at the site next month. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s monumental undertaking was approved last December for that hefty $1.6 billion TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) loan.

For up-to-date information about this week’s related detours and lane closures, click here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Throwback Thursday: Then to Later to Now

Side by side are current bridge and new main span towers alight in the river/© H. Jackson

Side by side are current bridge and new main span towers alight in the river/© H. Jackson

So much awesomeness — it’s not a word; I’m taking editorial liberties — on this project to sort through this year. Two articles in Rivertown Magazine (July and December issues) covered activities through November with a look-see for coming months; here are some notable events from 2016 and earlier.

The first main span crossbeam was set in place, consultants hired by South Nyack presented plans for redeveloping land near Exit 10, the 1,000th road deck panel was placed, the bridge builder was recognized for its excellent safety record, one of the cranes collapsed mid-summer, and the first stay cables were installed days later.

scouting for POTUS visit

Watching the police scout the area with dogs prior to President Obama’s arrival (May 2014) was fascinating . . and then I heard the president’s voice via microphone at Sunset Cove Restaurant.

When the Secret Service asked us to place our belongings in a line and then step back, I forgot I’d left my pocketbook open after putting my ID into my wallet and placing that into my pocketbook. Too late. “Step back!” the agent barked at me as dogs began sniffing our cameras, bags, backpacks, etc.

The super crane arrived here — and Governor Cuomo welcomed it — that fall; two calendar turns later the project reached another milestone: the towers were completed.

Spring after the project started: “Figure Sitting at RiverWalk Park”/© J. Rosman 2013

Few thought the bridge would reach 60; it won’t see a 62nd year. With the eight towers complete, the self-climbing forms being removed, stay cables being added and space lessening between the westbound main span and the Westchester and Rockland approach spans, its days are numbered.

During the ride to to Nyack last week for copies of the December issue I told mom to watch for a sign to her right. I saw it and pointed, and she giggled. It remains to be seen if it will have a place on the new bridge, and if so, then where?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Throwback Thursday and More Random Photos

There are 1200 feet between the main span towers now being built - sans snow/NYSTA

There are 1200 feet between the main span towers now being built – sans snow/NYSTA

Here’s one way to have fun with snow piles, and right in your own backyard/lot.

No one knew if those helicopters above were decoys or the real deal./ © J Rosman 2014

No one knew if those helicopters above were decoys or the real deal./ © J Rosman 2014

We kept looking at the sky each time we heard propellers; then POTUS arrived.

Met these cheerful fellows while driving through Lyndhurst’s grounds / © J Rosman 2015

Met these cheerful fellows while driving through Lyndhurst’s grounds / © J Rosman 2015

Did you see them along the walking path last fall? It’s an annual festive event.

Figured out this directs traffic when pointed in the other direction/ © J Rosman 2015

Figured out this directs traffic when pointed in the other direction/ © J Rosman 2015

Not too cold this week, right? Here’s where the temps were this time last year.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Recapping 2014: Condensed Year in Review

This year continued the celebration from December 2013, when Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison closed the deal on a generous TIFIA loan, and the Left Coast Lifter waved — if it can limbo under our bridge, then it can wave — goodbye to California, ready for its 6,000-mile trip to New York Harbor.

Massive crane leaving CA for New York/Jacob Tanenbaum

Massive crane leaving CA for New York/Jacob Tanenbaum

Rumor has it the state renamed the crane I Lift NY due to this blog post.

While super crane was shimmying through the Panama Canal, Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) began its second year on the clock, our toes froze, and the Mass Transit Task force was one meeting away from our travel futures. A monorail would have been fun.

Yikes! It was cold. Frozen river? No problem, tweeted project officials (pic.twitter.com/M6vFOHYdBQ), and before January ended, the super crane arrived.

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February opened with name-calling: the crane had a new moniker, and folks debated about a legendary folk singer. New safety warnings were issued, the state police and Thruway Authority relocated, and then came the final Mass Transit Task Force meeting. C’mon, you knew it’d be bus rapid transit.

The morning before it, my dear, sweet father passed away in his sleep. I love you and miss you very much, dad. You may have been there, too, because more cake than I ate was missing from my plate. Dad loved cake. Thank you to friends who were there for mom and me that night, throughout the weekend to his funeral, and this past year.

new RNA safety zone

March told us Ramp E in Tarrytown would close for the second time. Mid-month brought annual meetings in both counties and new boater safety regulations. Days later, when another barge escaped, the bridge builder addressed the issue and paid stiff fines.

In April we got money for those transit plans. The Tarrytown Outreach Center relocated, and President Barack Obama and Governor Andrew Cuomo came to town in May. Some construction vessels were now tracked via GPS, and the Outreach Team visited marinas as boating season opened.

Steel piles are ready to be capped/© Janie Rosman 2014

Steel piles are ready to be capped/© Janie Rosman 2014

June announced the 2014 Bridge Art Show. It’s bye-bye to the Rockland landing, and the start of main span pile cap construction. Need funding? How about a $500M loan from CWSRF? The project team sent emergency supplies to Delaware, and EFC approved the money.

A quiet July 4th weekend was followed by stricter safety measures. The Thruway Authority got half of the $511 million, and concrete technology arrived on the Hudson. Piermont boaters now have a safe passage to the main channel, pile cap installation began, and then came a detour.

Opening night: admiring Westchester and Rockland artists’ depictions of the current and future bridge/NNYB Outreach

Opening night: admiring Westchester and Rockland artists’ depictions of the current and future bridge/NNYB Outreach

Another project first: the 2014 Bridge Art Show opened at Nyack First Friday and debuted in Tarrytown the next week, thanks to collaborating groups. Rebar alert per NNYB, and you know the loan that came through? No, no, the EPA said. Educational outreach began its second year, there were lane shifts for construction, and the viewing areas started to take shape.

October brought Cuomo’s Build NY Initiative, and the governor was in Piermont to welcome the crane. Team Outreach celebrated Halloween bridge-style, and a new electronic highway sign was tested.

Two of the new bridge's 86 vertical steel towers seen near the Westchester approach span/NNYB Outreach

Two of the new bridge’s 86 vertical steel towers seen near the Westchester approach span/NNYB Outreach

Several lane closures in November, when the state told the EPA, See you in court. The first two pier towers were completed, and more criticism about the bridge finances from an oversight office. TZC’s president received the “Good Scout” award, and South Nyack asked the governor for help.

Detours, lane closures, and more lane closures kicked off December, and the bridge had a birthday! A mid-month accident — thankfully, no one was hurt — temporarily halted cement production and not the project, which soon begins its third year.

Did I miss something? I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

And the Year’s Not Over Yet . . .

We’re on super crane watch now. Remember how we followed the I Lift NY‘s journey with escort tugboats Lauren Foss and Iver Foss?

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

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

And then we had company.

“At times you can see the river through the cracks of the pavement,” President Barack Obama said May 14 in his 16-minute speech at Sunset Cove Restaurant. “Now, I’m not an engineer, but I figure that’s not good.”

Mr. President, the Thruway Authority spent three-quarters of a million dollars on a deck replacement project.

Further, if the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) expired today, then the Department of Transportation’s power to spend on highway, bridge, and transit projects would have, too. Congress came through after all.

First two support columns for the NNYB's Westchester approach span/© Meredith Zaritheny 2014

First two support columns for the NNYB’s Westchester approach span/© Meredith Zaritheny 2014

Not long after the president’s visit was a June 5 media tour that focused on pile cleansing, capping and installation. On July 31 we saw the first of two floating batch plants, and the most recent (September 10) tour focused on base pier caps and support columns.

Photos from that day are courtesy of Time Warner Cable® News reporter and videojournalist Meredith Zaritheny.

Base pier cap supports 1 column/© Meredith Zaritheny 2014

Base pier cap supports 1 column/© Meredith Zaritheny 2014

“I first heard of the project three years ago, and we just finished the design in June,” Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) President Darrell Waters reiterated during an August 12 historic tour. Two weeks earlier, reporters saw one of the 14-foot thick main span platform that would cover the main span’s steel pilings.

“It’s 360-plus feet long (with) a concrete precast bottom in it that sits over the piles,” Waters explained of the massive 60-foot wide pile cap. Once it’s submerged eight feet into the river and pumped free of water, the piles are sealed, rebar is added, and the cap is filled with 11,000 cubic yards of concrete.

Construction crews hope to set their first piece of steel on the new bridge by the end of the year.

“Between now and then, you’ll see the foundations rising, you’ll see columns coming up to meet these big pier caps we have, we’ll set those, and right after that, we put the bridge spans on it,” he said.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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