Archive for the ‘deck panels’ Tag

Eastbound Span Increases as TZB Decreases

This photo showing the angle we see from the other side (while heading west) is straight from the project’s newest tower webcam via EarthCam® construction cameras. If you click the photo, then you can see the I Lift NY setting structural steel near the Westchester shoreline.

Been a while since I posted: while I was away getting a new hip joint, the super crane’s been busy! Last weekend it was installing deck panels on the eastbound span so that you and your vehicle will have a safe ride. President Barack Obama and Governor Andrew Cuomo both talked about holes in the Tappan Zee Bridge’s roadway.

“At times you can see the river through the cracks of the pavement,” Obama said during his May 2014 visit to Tarrytown. “Now, I’m not an engineer, but I figure that’s not good.”

“They keep doing these patch jobs on the Tappan Zee Bridge, including those very heavy metal plates over holes in the Tappan Zee Bridge,” Cuomo said during remarks to the North America Building Trades Union’s Legislative Conference in April 2016.

“And when you go over the heavy metal plates, you see the truck in front of you bounces just a little bit, and then you see a little light coming through from the corner of the plate,” he said. “I would always take my seat belt off when I was going over the Tappan Zee Bridge. I was getting ready to swim, I would take off my shoes, and I would open the window. I was ready.”

In the above photo, courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority, cranes are installing said deck panels. They’ll be interlocked via their hairpin reinforcing steel bars, after which reinforcing concrete will be poured between the spaces (around the steel) prior to the final driving surface.

Enough excitement for now. Check back later for another blog post. Self-promo: my article about infrastructure, the new bridge and federal spending will go live next month in a national magazine.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Lots Happening Today Locally and Nationally

This time last year it snowed. Today students locally and across our nation will be protesting Congress’ inaction about gun control. And today is Pie Day.

Here’s a neat photo. The same way kids’ toys interlock, these hairpin reinforcing steel bars connect deck panels to each other. Reinforcing concrete will be poured between the spaces (around the steel) prior to the final driving surface.

Here, another view of deck panels to be installed, at the Westchester landing.

Pick a size, the right size. Adjustable bars are suited for the weight/size objects they’re required to place on the new bridge. Photos are courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

ICYMI: Cool Views from around the Project Site

These sections of structural steel slated are the foundation for eastbound span deck panels that will have a one-inch polymer overlay for the driving surface and lane markings. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

Did you miss this from the car? The new maintenance facility is coming along.

What you don’t see from the driver’s seat: the police barracks foundation is progressing on the southern side of the Thruway.

I thought this would become a new pier near the Rockland shoreline. Wrong. It’s the Rockland abutment for the eastbound span.

Mystery object with snow-covered land in the background. Can you tell what it is?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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

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