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Bridge Progress and Four Years in Two Minutes

Blue jump forms will help build the main span’s 419-foot towers./Photo: NYSTA

Taking a look back two years ago when the main span towers were beginning. Here are the past four years in two minutes courtesy of the project team.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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

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

Something Else happens when First Span Opens

Did a double-take the other day when I saw this carpet design again while waiting for an appointment. While the pattern is the same throughout the first floor, the bridge-symmetry doesn’t always appear.

After I wrote that the westbound span’s opening seems behind schedule, I was reminded this is a construction project. Much as driving on it will be a significant marker, this will remain an active site until it’s completed.

Something else (besides it accommodating traffic) will happen when the first span opens. Can you guess what it is? Tell you before the end of the week.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Road Trip includes Glimpses of NNYB Progress

What’s a trip north without checking out the replacement for the bridge I shall miss? Yes, I admit it. Since it was Sunday, and there was no traffic, I had a chance to see foundations for the new maintenance facility at the Westchester landing. Did I mention there was no traffic?

I also got another look at the scaffolding climbed by one adventurous project official. Remember, the stairs begin above the crossover bridge and are outside one of the 419-foot tall main span towers. Click the photo enlarge it, and then click the magnifier for an up-close view of what it’s like to climb up the tower.

Cloudy skies on the way were foreboding and very different from a similar trip last April; they made a pretty picture, almost like a painting on canvas. While the day was overcast, last weekend’s skies were clear and beautiful when Flying Films NY traveled to the project site for these aerial views.

Stay safe this Memorial Day and remember to show gratitude and be thankful.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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