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Engineering Expo and Recognizing Rebar

Today was a perfect chance to learn about the bridge project, what with plenty of experts at the Engineering Expo ready to answer questions. I bet you were there trying to stump one of them.

Not possible. You’d have learned, however, the main span towers are 1,200 feet apart at each end of the channel, and their platforms are 14 feet thick and more than 360 feet long. It took a lot of concrete — 11,000 cubic yards, to be exact — to fill them. And you’d have learned lots more.

While there I visited several exhibitors and, among other things, learned how sewers are relined using a sophisticated method. What caught my eye was an object on the table that was the same size and shape as something I’ve seen before.

I asked the woman if it was rebar; she said yes, it was, and seemed surprised I recognized it. Between you and me, I wouldn’t know a rebar sample from a hole in the wall had it not been for the educational outreach presentations. Speaking of which, check out photos from today here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Sunrise on Bridges; More Stay Cables Installed

This awesome view of the sunrise was captured by Chris Lopez, a surveyor at New York Geomatics, Inc. He works on the new bridge’s towers before dawn and has a perfect view of each day’s awakening.

Can you tell which span they’re on? Hint: closest to the current bridge. You also see a stay cable right behind them. Crews anchored and tensioned 110 of an eventual 192 cables and continue installing them on the eastbound span this week.

Did you find the clues?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Bridge Design pops up in an Unlikely Location

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Expect the unexpected, right?

Yesterday while waiting for an appointment I took notice of the shapes and design in the office carpet. Would you believe I saw the recently-topped main span towers and road deck?

Do you also see the towers in the pattern? I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Sixty-Five Years after First Construction Began

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Your eyes are joining the two sections of the main span in the image above, right? History is repeating, now with two spans and a modern, hi-tech, safer and more artistic bridge.

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Crews started work on the Tappan Zee Bridge in March 1952; sometime this year — and 65 years later — the first span of its new replacement will open. Happy and healthy New Year to you!

Photos courtesy New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Coming Together: Looking Good from the Road

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A reporter who’s covered the bridge project for nearly five years (March 2012), I’ve been invited to educational outreach presentations at various schools and community settings.

One of the events I attended was a few days ago at Hudson Valley P-TECH in Piermont. Watch for details in a separate blog post. Another was a workshop two weeks ago; I blogged about it here.

As I listened to one aspect of the construction being explained, it clicked. I take for granted driving across the bridge for work, to see friends, to take mom to Memorial Park in Nyack. Last week I chose not to bring a camera and instead looked at what was going on next to me as I drove.

For all my talk about missing the bridge, and coming home from college on weekends, knowing we were home once we saw the bridge, I’m starting to like the new structure. Must be the cables.

Before I give away the article by talking about the construction I’ll stop here. What I can tell you is the above photo is courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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