Sneak Peek at NYS Police Troop T’s Future Home

Today your intrepid reporter visited the project site. The above New York State Thruway Authority photo shows only one side so, camera in hand . . .

I drove past the fork in the road and was stopped by a guard. After a few minutes of talking, I took a few photos of the structure from an “invisible via car” side.

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Several years earlier, residents in the 40-home neighborhood bordering the bridge were concerned about how vehicles would access the construction site, safety for kids playing, school buses and the nearby JCC.

The area was quiet and clean this afternoon; the only visible signs of construction were structures (seen here) towering over a metal fence guarded by security. Past the cars and the Thruway is the new maintenance facility with new metal panels.

Personal note: A big thank you with gratitude and appreciation to everyone who supported me during the past stressful week. Mom was taken to the hospital one week ago Friday with multiple complications and was discharged yesterday with renewed spirit and appetite.

Needing to make a decision about mom in addition to other responsibilities, I kept putting one foot in front of the other. I’m relieved her health has improved and that she’s in a new facility to help her regain mobility and balance.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

ArtsWestchester Gala celebrates Bridge Project

Bridge at sunset, enhanced by aesthetic lighting/Photo: Kevin P. Coughlin/State of New York

Last Saturday, ArtsWestchester‘s gala 2017 fundraiser celebrated the new bridge as a work of art, honoring project director Jamey Barbas, P.E., and Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC).

Honorees and appreciation award recipients: public outreach coordinator Andrew P. O’Rourke, Jr., project director Jamey Barbas, P.E., TZC president Terry Towle and Business Council of Westchester president and CEO Dr. Marsha Gordon/Photo: Leslye Smith

Appreciation awards were given to Business Council of Westchester president and CEO Dr. Marsha Gordon and public outreach coordinator Andrew P. O’Rourke, Jr.

Arts in the region “brings us closer to our neighbors on the other side of the bridge,” ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam said three summers earlier.

ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam at gala honoring bridge project/Photo: Leslye Smith

The nonprofit was one of four groups collaborating on the 2014 Bridge Art Show that linked the project to creative populations in Nyack and Tarrytown. “It’s symbolic of connections and metaphorically working together.”

Congratulations to those who were recognized as we follow this exciting project.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Going, Going . . . more sections of TZB are Gone

Something happens one day a week that results in interesting information and pictures for those of us who weren’t invited to attend. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

How cool that the Tappan Zee Bridge will continue in spirit, recycled into parts for use elsewhere. How disappointing that we’re not alerted to exactly when the super crane will remove a section of it so we can watch. Many folks remember watching it being built so why not let us know when part of it will be removed?

Exactly how much of the bridge has disappeared so far? Looks like quite a bit of concrete road deck and structural steel are gone from both the Westchester and Rockland approach spans.

This weekly adventure looks like fun. We get to watch as the almost-made-it-to-62-years-old bridge spanning one of the widest Hudson River locations vanishes.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Second TZ Section, this over Metro-North, Gone

You may recall when the first girder assembly was pushed over the Hudson Line train tracks to the first set of piersPhotos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

This was followed by the second and third girder installations. Each time, Metro-North adjusted its schedule to accommodate the maneuvers.

Last Friday night, the super crane removed a second section of steel, this above the Metro-North tracks, and schedules were accommodated.

Such is the start of the changing view that will slowly evolve during the next year.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Super Crane removes first section of Tappan Zee

Another moment in history: the super crane’s first lift in a year-long process of dismantling the Tappan Zee Bridge. One hundred thirty-three deck panels and two moveable barrier machines will be sent to nearly 12 state and local municipalities.

Twenty-nine months ago the giant crane lifted its first set of structural steel girders onto piers for the new bridge near the Rockland shoreline.

Below is a cross-section of the Tappan Zee Bridge’s Westchester approach span, a little like when someone cuts into a sheet cake and lifts out a precise piece.

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. Details here. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

Each of those panels — in use until last month —  is approximately 13 feet wide by 50 feet long, 8.25 inches thick and approximately between 75,500-86,500 pounds.

The moveable barrier system will head to the New York City Department of Transportation. To learn about the bridge that will slowly disappear, click here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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