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Parts of the Tappan Zee will be Repurposed

Tappan Zee Bridge/Courtesy of Severin St. Martin

At Monday’s Thruway Authority Board of Directors meeting, members approved parts of the Tappan Zee Bridge for state and local municipalities.

One hundred thirty-three deck panels and two moveable barrier machines will be sent to nearly 12 state and local municipalities.

Eight local munis and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) asked for desk panels, valued at nearly $3 million including removal and delivery.

How about the deck panels we drive across each day? Each is approximately 13 feet wide wide by 50 feet long, 8.25 inches thick and approximately between 75,500-86,500 pounds.

Want to know more about the bridge that will soon be gone? Read about it here.

As for the moveable barrier system, it will head to the New York City Department of Transportation. Full press release with details is here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

TBT: Changed View of Ever-Changing Scenery

Westbound on the Tappan Zee Bridge, circa July 2008/Courtesy of Ian C. Ligget

I shall miss the sloping road above, whose replacement in an adding-the-final-touches photo, courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority, looks like this:

Will you miss it, too? I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Schools were closed when the new bridge opened

The Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge opened Dec. 1955/The Virtual Archives

Besides having a clear day for the Historical Society of Rockland County’s river tour last week, I had the pleasure of sitting at a table with several people who are working on the new bridge.

They preferred I not mention their names. I agreed to respect their privacy and asked about their responsibilities and how they felt about working on the project and seeing it from this perspective.

One gentleman told me his father was an ironworker on the original Tappan Zee Bridge and said his son and grandsons are employed on the current project. “Four generations working on the bridge,” he smiled.

He lived in Piermont in 1955 and remembers walking across the new structure when it opened. “The governor drove across the bridge, and I didn’t have to go to school that day. Everybody was walking across the new bridge, and schools were closed.”

Detailed bridge update and photos are in this week’s Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Imaginary Conversation: if the Bridge could Talk

Psst. I’m talking to you. Stop looking at me from over there because I’m right here. Yes, I realize the new one is more interesting. Come here NOW!

That’s more like it. This angle puts me in a good light, you know, when the sun is setting, and the sky is rosy-colored. We need to have a serious talk, you and I.

So now you’re over here and wondering what I want to say. Listen up; I still have a few tricks up my sleeve that the new one will never be able to do: make those thumpity-thump noises when wheels drive over me, cause people to curse when they get stuck on me and glisten during sunrises. Let’s see if the new one can do that.

You say I’ll be around for a couple more months? Good to know. Wait, then what?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Longer wait: first span set to open in Fall 2017

Rendering of new Tappan Zee Bridge is courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority

What happened to late 2016, then early 2017 and then spring/summer 2017?

This is what I saw two days ago, when I stood at the doorway and looked out the window on the other side of the room. The view was probably 100 times better right in front of window; however, I stayed where I was because the woman who lives in that room wasn’t there.

I asked her later if I could view the bridge from her window, and she smiled. “What are they going to do about all that traffic?” she asked. I didn’t ask again.

Tarrytown Hall Care Center is where Tarrytown Hospital once stood, Assistant Administrator Amanda MacConnell LMSW told me during a tour of the facility.

Third floor rooms and its large day room offer clear views of the bridge project.

A few people there ask when will it be finished and how will it help the traffic in Westchester and Rockland. Word has it that the span will open in the fall. What happened to Governor Cuomo’s talk about additional unknowns: the built-in contract incentives for finishing the project before spring 2018 or penalties for completing it later?

Cuomo’s comment was during an October 2014 press conference: when asked about the task force he proposed in 2012 to address this, he cited variables.

“We don’t know how much we will we get from the federal government, how much we will get from the state; there are state loans and grants we can access,” he said. Additional unknowns are the built-in contract incentives for Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) to finish the project before spring 2018 or penalties for completing it later.

“Once you have those numbers, then you can come up with a plan about how to do it, what commuters should pay, on-hour, off-hour, etc.,” he said.

Higher than they are now seems about right.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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