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Spring has Sprung: Nyack Buzzing with Activity

It was perfect weather to be outside Sunday, and Memorial Park in Nyack was packed with cars. We sat for a while under a tree — as luck would have it, there was a spot waiting for us — and took in the view.

This after checking out the Nyack Street Fair, always a fun experience.

That day marked five weeks since I was walking down steps and missed the step, falling and injuring my left knee and upper leg. Walking has become easier with cortisone shots, and I’ll be starting physical therapy next week. It was gorgeous outside, and I didn’t want to miss the day.

Birds flying everywhere, crowded viewing area, people enjoying the weather and checking out the bridge and the Spotter’s Guide and happy winter finally left. The giant crane was positioned near the Rockland shoreline, and people were taking pictures with their cell phones.

So when will the westbound span open? The summer before the project began, then state DOT Project Director Michael Anderson said traffic will switch to the new bridge sometime during the fourth year (2017).

Then we heard west/northbound traffic would move to the new span in December 2016, and two months later (February 2017) to move east/southbound traffic as well. Former Executive Director Robert L. Megna decided in early November to postpone the first opening until spring 2017.

Project officials are talking about “sometime this year.” I wonder if there are still built-in contract incentives for finishing the project before spring 2018 or penalties for completing it later? Is the bridge builder still on a 62-month schedule?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Connecting Rockland Approach, a fifth Gantry and ongoing Main Span Channel Closures

Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse seen from the new bridge’s westbound span/© Janie Rosman 2016

Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse seen from the new bridge’s westbound span/© Janie Rosman 2016

Since media were invited onto the new westbound span, crews connected the Westchester approach and the main span, the Rockland approach and the main span are being connected, and there will soon be a fifth overhead gantry. Did we miss the fourth?

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Tha main span navigation channel continues to be closed periodically until next December. While boaters may be pleased to hear this, I’d like to enjoy the spring, summer and fall before winter comes around again.

Click here for complete information.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

One Large Section of Structural Steel at a Time

In action: super crane connecting the Westchester approach and main spans/EarthCam®

In action: super crane connecting the Westchester approach and main spans/EarthCam®

Have you seen the westbound span? Last week crews connected the main span and the Westchester approach, and this week they’ll connect the main span and the Rockland approach with a 375-ton section of structural steel.

Getting there!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Checking in: Rockland Side of Eastbound Span

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Driving home from Rockland Friday afternoon we were surprised to find the above eastbound. Turns out it wasn’t the “left lane closes, move over” indicator; it was a truck in the right lane that caused traffic shifts into the middle lane.

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As traffic was stop-and-go, and I braked to a full stop every few minutes, I took the opportunity to seek and find the as-yet-unfinished eastbound span.

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My friend snapped the above photo of the eastbound span from the opposite direction. Getting there. You can see the westbound span right behind it.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Westbound Main and Approach Spans Connected

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You had a fun weekend thinking about, then watching, the big game, right? My dad used to explain football to me every season, and by February I still didn’t understand the game. He grinned because I called it . . . well, that’s for another blog post.

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If you think your weekend was exciting, then check this out: Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) crews spent part of their weekend connecting the westbound main span with its Westchester approach span.

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I watched as the super crane placed the first structural steel girders for the eastbound span in June 2015. Two months later it made another first for the westbound span, which was the center of attention this weekend.

Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

Cool, huh? I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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