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New York State Prepared to & Did Bridge a Gap*

One of my favorite photos from that day: two members of the construction team watch the crowds prior to the opening ceremony for the new bridge’s westbound span. It was a hot August day, and dad’s golf hat was my lucky charm.

Westbound traffic moved to that span the following night. The Tappan Zee was our eastbound ride for the next six weeks, and then — with slightly less fanfare than its earlier transition — eastbound traffic moved to the new span.

One driver’s wish came true: he was the last ride on the Tappan Zee Bridge, and we had a new eastbound ride. In early November, its first section was removed.

Less of the Tappan Zee now as sections of it are removed to be repurposed per a Thruway Authority board decision in July. Crews continue building the eastbound span and — near the Westchester landing — the new maintenance facility, new building for state police south of the Thruway and the walking and bicycle path.

With its main span towers and piers lit in lavender, the new bridge looked pretty against the oncoming late August 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.

How many of you will remember 2017 as the year the Tappan Zee Bridge closed to traffic? Since last December, when the new bridge’s main span towers were completed, crews have been working toward its opening. The above-mentioned months stand out in my mind; your mileage may vary.

*Tag line for this blog is New York State Prepares to Bridge a Gap™

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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

Paving the Way for Site of Police Barracks

toll plaza

Five months of zigging and zagging will end: the bridge builder is realigning traffic lanes where the toll plaza used to be. Project officials tell us the alignment will let the bridge builder ready the area for the police barracks to be built south of the Thruway; a new maintenance facility will be built north of the site.

I hope the realignment ends drivers’ dangerous lane crossovers. You know.

Vehicles come off the bridge, then a driver in the left lane realizes Exit 9 is approaching and zooms across lanes towards it. And no, you’re not imagining things: the photo above is the ghost of a toll plaza past.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Former Police Barracks Demolished to Make Way for Construction Staging Area

Demolition of former Troop T barracks/© J Rosman 2015

Demolition of former Troop T barracks/© J Rosman 2015

Another piece of the area’s history disappeared last Friday when Casabella Contracting of NY, Inc., began demolishing the former state police barracks in Tarrytown.

Company President Marcela Pignataro said the certified Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) and first tier contractor for Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) has been working on the bridge project since June.

“Today is a step in what will be a very busy construction season for us,” NYS Thruway Authority Construction Compliance Engineer Tom McGuinness explained as a hydraulic excavator began removing part of the roof.

doorThe 18,000-foot building was vacated last year when the state police and Tappan Zee Bridge maintenance crews — both based at 333 S. Broadway since the bridge was built in the 1950s — moved to 160 N. Route 303 in West Nyack, Zone 1 headquarters for New Rochelle, Newburgh and now Tarrytown barracks.

Their new albeit temporary location — a 42,000-foot empty warehouse — was once an active printing plant for the Journal News.

The maintenance facility, about 90 percent relocated, still supports a few maintenance operations and was separated from the barracks; the gap created was sealed the prior day. Once the relocation is finished the rest of the building will be demolished.

The site will be rebuilt as a visitor and greeting area once the project is completed. A new maintenance facility will be built north of the site, and Troop T will be relocated to a new building on the south side of Thruway.

NYS Thruway Authority Construction Compliance Engineer Tom McGuinness details plans to reporters/NYSTA

NYS Thruway Authority Construction Compliance Engineer Tom McGuinness details plans to reporters/NYSTA

McGuinness said this area north of the toll plaza “was identified earlier in our Environmental Impact Statement as the location that would cause the least impact to the surrounding communities.” Ramp E, closed March 10, 2014, is also being used for staging construction.

Water that sprayed prior to each piece of roof removal was part of the dust-control plan and to minimize impacts. McGuinness indicated two cranes pointing in the distance.

“That’s where the abutment for the north bridge is being constructed,” he said. “If you imagine northbound traffic passing to my left here going out toward that backhoe, this is where the highway of the bridge will be situated.”

Toll plaza gone, zipper obsolete next year/© Janie Rosman

Toll plaza gone, zipper obsolete next year/© Janie Rosman

TZC is installing foundations for a temporary toll gantry near Exit 10 in South Nyack (prep began in September) that will be removed when the bridge and toll plaza open. Talks are underway for a home resident discount where the electronic system recognizes drivers by their Westchester or Rockland addresses and adjusts their fees accordingly.

The movable barrier that adds an eastbound lane in the mornings and a westbound lane in the evenings will be retired in late 2016 or early 2017, when traffic in both directions shifts off the old bridge onto the new northern span with a divider for safety.

The plan is to move west/northbound traffic to the new span in December, and two months later, in February 2017, east/southbound traffic will also move to the new span.

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Steel, concrete and wood from the demolished barracks were separated. “We try to recycle as much as possible,” Pignataro said.

Before the maintenance facility can be taken down, she said, the other contractors — electricians, asbestos removal, etc. — have to come in and do what they need to do. “We all work together as a team.”

My article originally appeared in the Rockland County Times April 16, 2016.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Police Barracks Torn Down; Lane Closures Ahead

First a new staging area, then a terminus/© Janie Rosman

First a new staging area, then a terminus/© Janie Rosman

Friday part of the former New York State Police Troop T barracks was torn down to create a staging area on the Westchester landing. The site will be rebuilt as a visitor and greeting area once the project is completed. That’s not all.

The 18,000-foot building was vacated last year when the state police and Tappan Zee Bridge maintenance crews moved to 160 N. Route 303 in West Nyack, Zone 1 headquarters for New Rochelle, Newburgh and now Tarrytown barracks.

Their new albeit temporary location — a 42,000-foot empty warehouse — was once an active printing plant for the Journal News.

Toll plaza gone, zipper obsolete next year/© Janie Rosman

Toll plaza gone, zipper obsolete next year/© Janie Rosman

The Tarrytown toll plaza will be torn down in the next year as the Thruway goes to all-electronic toll collection: an archway over the highway will read drivers’ E-ZPass® tags as they pass under it at highway speeds to ensure smooth traffic slow. If a driver doesn’t have an E-ZPass® tag, a mounted camera will take a picture of his or her license plate and send a bill to the home address.

Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) continues installing foundations for a temporary toll gantry near Exit 10 in South Nyack next week (prep began in September).

Noise will be monitored as TZC drills holes into the soil and rock for reinforced concrete foundations; noise reduction procedures are in place to reduce the impact on those living nearby. The right traffic lane in the area will be closed April 14, 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Striping overnight on April 13 and 14 closes the three left lanes of northbound I-87/I-287 from Exit 9 in Tarrytown across the bridge to Exit 10 in South Nyack. One lane will be open from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. both days.

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I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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