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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

Few More Glimpses around the NNYB Project Site

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Did you see the I Lift NY making its 2017 debut lift on the Westchester side?

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Crew member well-protected against the elements: BRR, it’s COLD out there!

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A pile cap for the as-yet-unfinished eastbound span prepared under the TZB.

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Not seen from the road: crews adjusting a section of steel for the main span.

Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Scenes from around the NNYB Project Site

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No fear of heights here for this ironworker at one of the new viewing areas.

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This close-up view of the current main span with a miniature-looking truck reminds me of the MATCHBOX® Cars my brother had when we were kids.

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Crews drive to the site now that precast deck panels are in place. ♪♫ I can see for mile and miles / I can see for miles and miles ♫ . . . well, 3.1 miles.

articulating-gantry

This interesting piece of equipment is an articulating gantry, project officials tell us, that rotates and can be mounted upside down, sideways or overhead. How can crews work safely on the new bridge’s underbelly? Here’s how.

Photos 1, 3 and 4 courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Throwback Thursday: Then to Later to Now

Side by side are current bridge and new main span towers alight in the river/© H. Jackson

Side by side are current bridge and new main span towers alight in the river/© H. Jackson

So much awesomeness — it’s not a word; I’m taking editorial liberties — on this project to sort through this year. Two articles in Rivertown Magazine (July and December issues) covered activities through November with a look-see for coming months; here are some notable events from 2016 and earlier.

The first main span crossbeam was set in place, consultants hired by South Nyack presented plans for redeveloping land near Exit 10, the 1,000th road deck panel was placed, the bridge builder was recognized for its excellent safety record, one of the cranes collapsed mid-summer, and the first stay cables were installed days later.

scouting for POTUS visit

Watching the police scout the area with dogs prior to President Obama’s arrival (May 2014) was fascinating . . and then I heard the president’s voice via microphone at Sunset Cove Restaurant.

When the Secret Service asked us to place our belongings in a line and then step back, I forgot I’d left my pocketbook open after putting my ID into my wallet and placing that into my pocketbook. Too late. “Step back!” the agent barked at me as dogs began sniffing our cameras, bags, backpacks, etc.

The super crane arrived here — and Governor Cuomo welcomed it — that fall; two calendar turns later the project reached another milestone: the towers were completed.

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

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

Few thought the bridge would reach 60; it won’t see a 62nd year. With the eight towers complete, the self-climbing forms being removed, stay cables being added and space lessening between the westbound main span and the Westchester and Rockland approach spans, its days are numbered.

During the ride to to Nyack last week for copies of the December issue I told mom to watch for a sign to her right. I saw it and pointed, and she giggled. It remains to be seen if it will have a place on the new bridge, and if so, then where?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

From Afar at Night and Daytime Close-ups

Recently-installed stay cables support roadway and look delicate at midnight (EarthCam®).

Recently-installed stay cables support roadway and look delicate at midnight (EarthCam®).

A reporter who has covered the project for nearly five years (since March 2012), I’ve been invited to several educational outreach presentations for different grades. The presentation at Hudson Valley P-TECH clicked, as I told you last week.

Now in the fourth year of construction, the corresponding presentation — geared to audience levels — focused on the main span towers and roadway and stay cables with a bit of project history.

anchor-pier

No fear of heights: @NewNYBridge tweeted this view from an anchor pier near the Westchester shoreline. Note: that’s equipment and not a worker at the bottom. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

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All we see from the road are blue girders; atop them are concrete deck panels  and closures between them. They look a lot larger than from the car!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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