Archive for the ‘Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge’ Tag

Trespassers: Stupid, Brash, Lucky and Arrested

So these three kids set out on an adventure . . . they thought. What they did was endanger themselves. Someone said teenagers do stupid things. Not all teens. These kids, yes.

The first span opens in less than two weeks, and we’re all wondering what the new drive will be like. I watched the YouTube video, my hand over my mouth many times as I recognized views, many dangerous, I’d seen in project photos. Photo above courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

It made me appreciate all the more the crews who are working on this project.

They were stupid, brash, and lucky none of them slipped, fell or was seriously hurt. At the nursing facility where mom is recuperating from a broken leg, the elevators have alarms to alert the staff when someone who is not supposed to be without an escort tries to get on. It locks, and a member of the staff has to push a code to release the door.

I thought alarms or similar securities monitor the project site. Then again, who thought anyone would trespass and enter this dangerous construction area for a pre-dawn prank?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Crews readying New Span for Traffic Shift

Yesterday’s story in the Rockland County Times posted prior to these new photos of crews paving the westbound span in preparation for rubber meeting the road two weeks from tonight. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

“There’s a lot of new work in Rockland,” one nurse, who lives in Monsey and works at mom’s facility, told me, referring to what she saw at that landing. Work on both landings includes preparing slot drains, temporary barriers and striping.

Final driving surface prep will be completed this week.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

What You’ll See when the first New Span Opens

All week I’ve been saying something else will happen when traffic moves to the new westbound span. It was the first thought that came to my mind, and the pictures I posted — you are here, look over there — hopefully lent themselves to the answer:

Westbound motorists will be level with the eastbound span and will have a better (not perfect) view of what’s doing there. It’s still an active construction project, and we’re all curious, especially me!

Four weeks from tonight, the Thruway Authority and Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) will shift four lanes of Rockland-bound traffic to the nothernmost span of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

Part two of the move — transferring Westchester-bound traffic from the current bridge to that span and separating it from opposite-direction traffic by a jersey barrier — happens later this fall. Eastbound traffic shifts to its own span when the bridge opens in 2018.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Throwback Thursday and One Month to Opening

Cool early morning view: underbelly of span we’ll be driving on next spring/Submitted

Here’s another clue. Have you guessed what will happen when the westbound span opens next month? Today’s photo is from this time last year and is practically screaming the answer to you.

Look closely. I’ll tell you tomorrow. As always, I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Two of the four Tower Cranes were Removed

This is a hint re my earlier blog post. If you consider the angle, then it’s telling. Something really cool will happen when the westbound span opens. Still stumped?

Checking out the cranes as the towers gain height via jump forms/© Janie Rosman 2016

Let’s focus on what you can no longer see: tower cranes. Two of the four cranes are gone which, project officials said, means the westbound span needs no more “major” construction. Crews are now putting the finishing touches, if you will, on the Rockland-bound span of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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