Archive for the ‘Tappan Zee Bridge’ Category

Honor the Area’s Heritage: add back Tappan Zee

The west anchor span of the Tappan Zee Bridge passes Battery Park as it’s towed downriver. Photo courtesy of John W. Vomvoris. While the new bridge is shiny and pretty with wider lanes that give drivers opportunities to speed — the posted limit is 45 miles per hour — it changes the area forever and ignores history with a new name.

Add Tappan Zee back to the name, Governor Cuomo.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Last Piece of Tappan Zee floats in Hudson River

You can see the west anchor span floating atop barges in the river south of the new bridge and not far from its former location. The New York State Thruway Authority photo above is from last week; the former anchor now points south and not east.

It’s odd not to see a portion of the old bridge to the south of the new one; I was surprised to see the span still close by. Here’s a final look at the span next to the new bridge:

Today’s trip to Nyack and Nanuet was bookmarked by vehicles speeding across the westbound and eastbound spans at more than 65 miles per hour. There seem to be no way to enforce the speed limit unless police install those devices that measure speeds. It’s one way for the state to make money instead of increasing the tolls.

Something to think about. I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

TZB West Anchor Span Removal and Dismantling

Governor Cuomo was at the project site yesterday to document final removal of the Tappan Zee Bridge, whose east anchor span fell after a controlled demolition early this year. Now in the Hudson River, it will be lifted and removed.

Top of east anchor span that will be lifted, removed from river bottom/© Press Office

While the old bridge became property of the design-build team, the state had an interest in how and when it was removed from the river. Last spring, the main span was lowered onto a bard and removed, and pieces of that span became part of the artificial reefs being built off Long Island.

Remaining west anchor span will be lowered into barges and removed./© Press Office

The remaining west anchor span, attached by four columns, was cut and is being lowered onto barges, then moved south and dismantled.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Falcon Eggs are waiting to Hatch; We wait, Too

Disappointing not to see a live falcon cam that’s fluid as now viewers have to click the time to see if the birds are there or not. It took me three clicks (I must have guessed correctly when I picked a time!) to see the falcon parents gone, and the four eggs soaking up the sunlight in their absence.

Waiting for the falcon eggs to hatch into eyases, waiting for the westbound span’s path, and the visitor center, to be completed and then open, waiting for Exit 10 traffic to find a routine, waiting for the remaining pieces of the Tappan Zee Bridge to be removed from the river . . . and waiting to know what our tolls will be once we reach New Year’s Day 2020.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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

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