Statement from TZC: Demolition is Postponed

Photo of TZB cross-section/Mike Groll at the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

“Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) postponed Saturday’s controlled demolition of the old Tappan Zee Bridge’s east anchor span due to inclement weather,” the contractor said in a statemnet. “The sustained winds caused delays to the preparatory work of the planned demolition operation. Once we have rescheduled the operation we will provide an update.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Guest Blog: Grab your Seats for the Big Show

Tappan Zee Bridge looking east during one of the first media tours/© Janie Rosman 2014

You guys are making a big fuss over me — well, what’s left of me. There’s not a lot of me in the river; however, what’s there is getting lots of attention. Old age isn’t so bad after all.

Remember when I told you how I felt about being replaced? NO one said boo. Then the new bridge came along, and they began to take me apart. My middle section drew lots of attention, and even the governor same to see me. He hadn’t paid me mind at all except for wanting to be rid of me.

So now people are throwing parties Saturday morning and vying for the best place to watch part of me fall into the Hudson River. Told you it wouldn’t be so easy to say goodbye because if it was, then you’d be at home in your jammies instead of paying money for parking, hotel rooms and dining with a riverfront view.

I’ll be around until they remove the rest of me. And when time comes that I’m visibly gone, you may find yourself looking for me next to the eastbound span . . . because no matter what you call the new bridge, there will never be another me.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Thruway Traffic to stop during TZB Demolition

Seen at summer 2018 final TZB historical tour from Haverstraw Bay./© J. Rosman 2018

In response the contractor’s plans to demolish the eastern anchor span of the Tappan Zee Bridge this Saturday via limited use of explosives, the Thruway Authority has planned an extended traffic stop.

State police will close the Thruway at 8:55 a.m. for approximately 45 minutes. It will reopen after TZC determines the area safe for traffic. Metro-North schedules may be “only minimally affected,” per a press release by contractor Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC). Rain/snow date is Sunday.

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

Important to note the operation is Saturday (or Sunday) and that traffic will be stopped in both directions. I hope people realize this.Additionally, these entrance ramps will be closed at approximately 9 a.m.

In Westchester: Exit 9 (Tarrytown – Sleepy Hollow – Route 9), Route 119 in Elmsford and the Saw Mill Parkway (Exit 22)

and in Rockland: Exit 10 (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W) and Exit 11 in Nyack (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W).

Plan accordingly if you need to cross the river in either direction that morning.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Eastern Anchor Span to be Demolished, Removed

Remaining Tappan Zee Bridge still a safety concern/EarthCam® construction camera

It’ll be equivalent of a set of fireworks in the Hudson River near Westchester next Saturday as Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) conducts a one-time demolition and lowering of the Tappan Zee Bridge’s east anchor span on January 12 (next Saturday). Traffic on the Thruway between Exit 11 in Rockland and Exit 9 in Westchester will be halted for approximately 45 minutes.

No traffic will be allowed through the main span navigation channel for several hours; the Coast Guard will establish a 2,500-foot safety area around the procedure.

Did you hear it? Not the fireworks, the whoosh of time going by: January marked five years since the Thruway Authority issued Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) Notice To Proceed on January 18, 2013.

In case you’re curious, the span is 672 feet long, weighs 6,500 tons and is 140 feet above the Hudson River. Materials will be recovered and removed during the next weeks.

Deemed damaged and stable “with certain key components highly stressed,” according to a TZC fact sheet, “the span has been closely monitored, and it has been determined that the original removal plan is no longer the safest method of removal.”

The contractor hired demolition and salvage experts to plan and carry out the 9:30 a.m. procedure. Vertical members of the span will fall so the team can safely lower the span away from the main channel using specialty marine salvage equipment, the fact sheet said. Marine salvage experts will remove the material from the river during the following weeks; chains on the riverbed will remove the steel and support the salvaged structure so TZC can place it on barges and remove it from the site.

Motorists, be aware the state police will close the Thruway at 8:55 a.m. for approximately 45 minutes. It will reopen after TZC determines the area safe for traffic. Metro-North schedules may be “only minimally affected.”

Residents will not be affected; key locations in Westchester and Rockland will be monitored for vibrations or air-blasts from the demolition, the fact sheet said. All construction activities and schedules are subject to change.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

It’s a New Year with the Same Tolls . . . for Now

carpet-design

Expect the unexpected, right?

In the most unlikely place two years ago this month, I noticed the design on the carpet of my doctor’s office looked like the main span towers and road deck. Do you also see the towers in the pattern?

Seen at summer 2018 final TZB historical tour from Haverstraw Bay./© J. Rosman 2018

Will 2019 be the last year for a five-dollar cash toll on the new bridge? Maybe Larry Schwartz was right: eight days after he, Cuomo’s then-secretary and chief-of-staff, announced the probability of inflated cash tolls ($14) on the new bridge, the governor called for the task force.

How’s that working out? I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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