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ICMYI: Link to Opening Ceremony for New Span

Here is one of the stories you’ve been waiting for with photos from last week’s opening ceremony. The above traffic pattern remains in effect until eastbound traffic moves to the new span within a few months.

What you can’t see (and I won’t show) are blisters I got from walking around in socks and steel-toed shoes for four hours. Would I do it again? YES!

More details and photos of the new span in this week’s Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Friday Night Traffic Switch: Four Lanes E and W

How did the Thruway Authority switch westbound traffic from the Tappan Zee Bridge to the westbound span of the new bridge Friday night? Here’s how.

Four lanes of traffic on the new westbound span and four lanes of traffic on the current bridge (see above) will continue through the fall, when eastbound traffic will shift to the new westbound.

Watch for detailed stories in next week’s issue of the Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Westbound Span: Lane Switches and New Ride

With its main span towers and piers lit in lavender, the new bridge looked pretty against the oncoming night sky. I kept thinking, “Purple reigns on the Hudson Valley” (photo courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority) as I crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge westbound for the last time last night.

Traffic was steady, the silence interrupted by sirens wailing. Only when I re-entered the Thruway from South Nyack did I see flashing red-and-blue lights with a state trooper and a car in the far left lane at the point where the left lane ends.

Hopefully, no one was hurt, I told the Thruway Authority worker standing at the Route 119 on-ramp in Tarrytown shortly before 9 p.m. He was there to supervise the barricade process. Numerous drivers stopped to ask why the entrance was closed and wanted to turn right from Route 119 despite notices from the Thruway Authority during the past week.

The next day . . .

Awesome ride on the new bridge: no thumpity-thump noises or any noises and a smooth roadway to South Nyack. A few vehicles crossed over the white line despite safety warnings: there are no grids or raised metal in the road to tell them when their tires cross that line.

Included are unobstructed views of the Hudson River and the eastbound span.

Watch for detailed stories in next week’s issue of the Rockland County Times.

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

Road Trip includes Glimpses of NNYB Progress

What’s a trip north without checking out the replacement for the bridge I shall miss? Yes, I admit it. Since it was Sunday, and there was no traffic, I had a chance to see foundations for the new maintenance facility at the Westchester landing. Did I mention there was no traffic?

I also got another look at the scaffolding climbed by one adventurous project official. Remember, the stairs begin above the crossover bridge and are outside one of the 419-foot tall main span towers. Click the photo enlarge it, and then click the magnifier for an up-close view of what it’s like to climb up the tower.

Cloudy skies on the way were foreboding and very different from a similar trip last April; they made a pretty picture, almost like a painting on canvas. While the day was overcast, last weekend’s skies were clear and beautiful when Flying Films NY traveled to the project site for these aerial views.

Stay safe this Memorial Day and remember to show gratitude and be thankful.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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