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A Bridge by Any Other (including a new) Name

So the new bridge will have a new name or a partially-new name: the Governor Mario Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge? No one is renaming Westchester or Rockland counties or the Hudson River. We (the United States) are late to the cable-stayed bridge party, which began long ago (decades, to be exact) in Europe.

Can you imagine folks 60-some years ago scratching their heads as four towers began rising from the river? Would it have been possible to even build those towers? As the first floating concrete batch plant arrived on the scene (no pun intended) in 1956 and was patented in 1966 (U.S. patent #3,251,484), imagine the caravan of supply trucks heading to the water.

Trucking through a snowstorm on the Tappan Zee Bridge (not the same day) /© Wn.com

The new bridge is nothing like the one that withstood 61 and one-half years of vehicles, trucks, vans, motorcycles, accidents, upgrades, repairs, attention, suicides, the elements and criticism.

Yet it also got a new name somewhere along the line as early on it was known as the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project. Say that three times fast.

People don’t like change, do they?” the technician who wheeled my dad into the room for a CAT scan asked. “At least, they don’t at first, and then, all of a sudden, they come around, and realize change is good.” He looked up at the TV on the wall, and then looked at me. I nodded.

His words stayed with me. I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Now and Then and a Changing Hudson Valley

kids-at-viewing-area

This year the first span opens, and the Hudson Valley will again change. I love this photo of the kids looking at the construction and see it symbolizing the future, their future, as the figure below imagined his future years before.

Craig Long, historian for the Villages of Suffern and Montebello and the Town of Ramapo, discussed previous ideas for a Hudson River crossing last summer.

Courtesy of the Westchester County Archives

Courtesy of the Westchester County Archives

I focused on his narrative about Nanuet Assemblyman Fred Horn, the “Father of the Bridge,” who rallied for one-quarter century for such a project.

Long said a bridge (railroad) was proposed from Piermont to Hastings as early as 1905 with calls continuing for the next 20 or so years. It gained traction, he said, when Horn took office, proposing a bill in 1930 for a bridge from Piermont to Hastings with Hook Mountain and Rockland Lake as other locations.

During the next two years Horn proposed a bridge, then a bridge/tunnel from Snedens Landing to Dobb’s Ferry.

Here’s where the sparks begin to fly.

thenGood idea except the proposed site was within the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s 25-mile jurisdiction, and it would need to approve, and then, operate the project. The proposals failed as did Horn when he ran for re-election.

“In 1935, the Rockland Causeway-Tunnel Authority was created with a drive to bridge the Hudson from Nyack to Tarrytown,” Long said in an email. “As studies begin, no determination is made as to whether Upper Nyack, Nyack, or South Nyack will be the bridge’s terminus. In August of that year, it is central Nyack; by October it is South Nyack, Voorhis Point.”

tzb-signThe following March (1936) Grand View was chosen as a potential landing site; by August the War Department approved it and Tarrytown on the Westchester side. While Hook Mountain again a choice the northern location didn’t sit well with Zoning Commissioner Elmer Hader, who gained support for nixing the idea, or with residents.

Long wrote, “In October of that year, the Journal News took a straw poll on the idea of a Hudson River crossing and where it should be located” with an unscientific tally of 792 in favor and 405 opposed. Grand View was the favored location 391 votes (not residents). Results from boring led the state to abandon the project one month later. Last fall marked 80 years since that straw poll.

Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Less Than One Year until the First Span Opens

Super crane is placing structural steel (girders) near the Westchester shoreline/NYSTA

Super crane is placing structural steel (girders) near the Westchester shoreline/NYSTA

The I Lift NY continues installing those blue girders, the first of which were placed last June; two months later there was another “first” placement, then the first of three girder assemblies was installed across Metro-North tracks in Tarrytown.

Friday afternoon I went to Nyack Library to get the current issue of Rivertown Magazine containing my bridge story (pages 82-83). You can’t miss the towers above the trees and the Route 119 overpass near Exit 9. My friend looked at blue structural steel girders, blue jump forms, and we both thought aloud how cool it would be if the bridge was in colors. It can be via programmable LED lighting.

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Earlier I wrote about the Bridge Art Show that opened in September 2014 and yesterday saw it’d been reposted more than 20 times on LinkedIn. Thank you!

Preparations, planning and enthusiasm for the two-month show was a great introduction to the second year of educational outreach. The project was moving from in-river work to “going vertical,” we reporters heard that summer.

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I’ll be at the Classic Car Night in Nyack this Thursday (watch for story in next month’s Rivertown Magazine). If you see me, then please come say hi.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Blue Steel Girders Visible on Westchester Side

Westchester approach

The Westchester approach span piers being connected by blue steel girders above the Westchester trestle’s westernmost part. The blue girders placed since this picture (April) are visible to motorists driving by. Below, crews work on the main span crossbeam. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

main span crossbeam

If you’ve been reading the weekly announcements, then you know crews began building the new maintenance facility began in early May. Amazing the state is building a second Tappan Zee Bridge when early ideas for a crossing and proposed locations caused strife after the turn of the century for several decades.

More in a later blog post. I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Time Travel Tuesday: Wordless & Saying Volumes

Spring after the project started: “Figure Sitting at RiverWalk Park”/© J. Rosman 2013

While it didn’t become the Photo of the Day cover for either News 12 Westchester or News 12 Hudson Valley, “Figure Sitting at RiverWalk Park” remains one of my favorite pictures.

I remember that day nearly three years ago: driving home after visiting a friend I continued on Route 9 through the villages to Tarrytown. Walking along the path I thought about the view that I’d never see again and took in the peaceful end to a busy day.

The person sitting on the rocks didn’t see me take the picture with him in it.

Amid the construction and lane closures and activity it reminds me of a quieter time on the river, much like the person standing here must have felt more than six, maybe seven, decades earlier.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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