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Spring: it Really IS Peeking around the Corner

My cousin Russ grew up in New York and has been living on the West Coast since I don’t remember how long. Some years back he visited for a few days. A history buff, he suggested we suggested we see “Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure” (2001). I wasn’t familiar with Shackleton and walked out of the theater amazed at his courage and determination. If you haven’t seen this seat-gripping film about his landmark expedition, then I suggest adding it to your list.

Big reach here: despite this winter’s bone-chilling temps the bridge project progressed, and classes that scheduled presentations these past few months often got more than they bargained for: outdoors, learning about the project where, right behind them in the river, crews worked despite the elements.

I don’t like cold and don’t take to it well; however, I make exceptions when the activity outweighs the weather . . . for an exciting day on the westbound span during the towers’ topping off ceremony in December. Whether you’re in the elements to work on the project or to visit it, bravo!

Photo courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Another gantry added to the Westbound Span

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Took a blog hiatus and am back! Here’s where I temporarily disappeared.

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Last week crews installed the second of eight overhead gantries on the Rockland side of the westbound span.  Ten gantries will be installed on the eastbound span, 18 in all.

Meantime, here are sights from en route to the edge of the westbound span.

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We passed the shared use path abutment on the Westchester landing . . .

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. . . and workers installing an expansion joint connecting road deck panels.

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This is a location marker for guess which belvedere of the shared use path?

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Terrific view of the Rockland shoreline backdrops steel rebar structure for beginnings of what will be a concrete retaining wall for the shared use path.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Now and Then and a Changing Hudson Valley

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This year the first span opens, and the Hudson Valley will again change. I love this photo of the kids looking at the construction and see it symbolizing the future, their future, as the figure below imagined his future years before.

Craig Long, historian for the Villages of Suffern and Montebello and the Town of Ramapo, discussed previous ideas for a Hudson River crossing last summer.

Courtesy of the Westchester County Archives

Courtesy of the Westchester County Archives

I focused on his narrative about Nanuet Assemblyman Fred Horn, the “Father of the Bridge,” who rallied for one-quarter century for such a project.

Long said a bridge (railroad) was proposed from Piermont to Hastings as early 1905 with calls continuing for the next 20 or so years. It gained traction, he said, when Horn took office, proposing a bill in 1930 for a bridge from Piermont to Hastings with Hook Mountain and Rockland Lake as other locations.

During the next two years Horn proposed a bridge, then a bridge/tunnel from Snedens Landing to Dobb’s Ferry.

Here’s where the sparks begin to fly.

thenGood idea except the proposed site was within the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s 25-mile jurisdiction, and it would need to approve, and then, operate the project. The proposals failed as did Horn when he ran for re-election.

“In 1935, the Rockland Causeway-Tunnel Authority was created with a drive to bridge the Hudson from Nyack to Tarrytown,” Long said in an email. “As studies begin, no determination is made as to whether Upper Nyack, Nyack, or South Nyack will be the bridge’s terminus. In August of that year, it is central Nyack; by October it is South Nyack, Voorhis Point.

tzb-signThe following March (1936) Grand View was chosen as a potential landing site; by August the War Department approved it and Tarrytown on the Westchester side. While Hook Mountain again a choice the northern location didn’t sit well with Zoning Commissioner Elmer Hader, who gained support for nixing the idea, or with residents.

Long wrote, “In October of that year, the Journal News took a straw poll on the idea of a Hudson River crossing and where it should be located” with an unscientific tally of 792 in favor and 405 opposed. Grand View was the favored location 391 votes (not residents). Results from boring led the state to abandon the project one month later. Last fall marked 80 years since that straw poll.

Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Catching Up with NNYB Educational Outreach

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We heard there were cool exhibits last weekend at Scarsdale Middle School. Educational outreach was there with a cross-section of sheathing that goes around the stay cables, a model of the bridge’s towers and a jacket worn by Safety Sam (front corner of table).

He smiled for our camera at the Tarrytown Outreach center, where we saw him in full gear. By the way, if you’r curious about how educational outreach started, click here for clues.

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Friday was a busy day at Liberty Elementary school, where the outreach team visited students for the fourth year and was serenaded with a bridge song. Those kids got it going: last year they threw a birthday party for the current bridge.

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The viewing areas in Tarrytown and Nyack have Spotter’s Guides like in the photo above so  you can match the vessel images with the equipment you see working on the project. How? Those hi-powered lenses guide your eyes clear across the river.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Girder Assemblies? Check. Stay Cables? Check.

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Comic relief passed me in another lane today as I wondered why there was traffic on Saturday afternoon. I was in the thick of it going to Rockland and watched cars backed up to nearly White Plains on the way back.

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More than 12 of the 192 stay cables, and final steel girder assemblies for the Rockland-to-Westchester span, were installed. Remaining girder assemblies for the span set to open in 2017 will be installed in the next few weeks, per a recent press release.

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On another note: those six planned belvederes/viewing areas on the shared use path are interesting; however, they don’t take into account the sun and wind. I wish they’d been planned with more practicality in mind.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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