Noise Barrier Installation Continues — & Lights

You know about the hour-long light show under the bridge last month, right?

Above photo of lights courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

TZC also connected the Westchester and Rockland approaches to the main span last month. Getting closer! I wonder where they’ll put this happy sign:

Crews continue installing concrete noise barriers chosen way back when along the southbound Thruway and the northbound side (next to the future shared use path) in South Nyack.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Counting down to the westbound span opening

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Early yesterday I had part of the bridge — from the Westchester approach until the start of the main span — to myself. NO cars, trucks, vans, nothing. So I slowed a little bit (making sure no one was behind me) and snapped.

If the bridge could talk, then here’s what it would say:

Yesterday I felt tired and a little sad. I mean, wouldn’t you? Imagine watching them train your replacement at work because they’re letting you go: I’m only here until they finish the first span.

There are others my age and older who are around longer than I — the Bear Mountain Bridge (1924), the Mid-Hudson Bridge (1930) and the Rip Van Winkle Bridge (1935) come to mind — yet they’re replacing me.

True, I’m a three-miler; however, think about it. Was this the best place to build me? Some think not — the topic lends itself to controversy — yet here they chose.

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The new bridge next to me is much taller than I am, which doesn’t diminish me. I have history here and stories to tell, and I bet you didn’t know I’ve kept secrets, too. Even with four lanes in each direction it’ll be a not-so-nice surprise when people realize there will still be three highway lanes leading to and from in Rockland. We’ll see how they plan for traffic in Westchester.

It also means positive changes to both counties, especially to South Nyack, and parts of me will be used for other construction projects.

When you drive across my span I know you’re staring at the new bridge. I don’t blame you; I watch its progress every day. Even though they’ll take me apart this year I know your memories of me will stay long after I’m gone.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

TBT: Still Hooked on Last Week’s Test Lights

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Rumor has it I scooped project officials with my recent post about the new LED lighting system, first mentioned in late December.

So when those LED roadway lighting stanchions (columns) that were attached to the westbound span shone brightly for an hour last week (after dark since it’s easier to see lights after dark), only those who saw it knew.

Watch for news soon. Lights, camera, action! on the new bridge. Choice of colors at the flick of a switch, and (parts of) the river will magically glow.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

ICYMI: Colorful Preview of New Bridge’s Lighting

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“TZC will begin preliminary testing of the westbound Rockland approach’s aesthetic lighting in the coming weeks. The preliminary testing will occur during daytime hours.”

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The above notice is from the February 16 press release. Thank you to Steve, who contacted me not long ago to say he noticed the colorful lighting tests.

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The LED lighting — 2,700 color lights that can be programmed remotely for variable shades and 500 white lights — is from Philips Lighting, the same company that brightens Madison Square Garden.

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Philips said the new system, the first of its kind in the industry, will combine roadway and architectural lighting and is estimated to be 75 percent more energy-efficient than traditional lighting.

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Photos are courtesy EarthCam® construction camera on the project’s website.

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Did you miss seeing them, too? I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

More than half of 192 Stay Cables are in Place

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Before you tell me to keep both eyes on the road and hands on the wheel: I did. Mom was with me and caught the late afternoon sun casting shadows.

“What are those pointed things on top?” she indicated with a finger.

I explained about the main span towers and the roadway and said the new bridge is supported differently than the current bridge is.

Nearly four years ago, the Visual Quality Panel let public decide if the new towers’ tops would be angled or squared. While vastly unlike the current bridge, the new one has more than 100 of its eventual 192 stay cables fully anchored and tensioned to the main span roadway.

Next was the eastbound span (visible until it ended), bright blue and higher than the Thruway. “Are we going to drive on that?” she asked.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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