Archive for the ‘Tappan Zee Bridge’ Tag

New Falcon Chicks (two so far) need Names

This is the tree in front of the apartment, where my parents moved my brother and me nearly 50 years ago. Sometime at the end of June will be half a century.

I love this tree that turns pink for about two weeks before erupting into green leaves. This year it’s less dense because the gardeners trimmed lower branches.

What does this have to do with the bridge? Nothing. It’s a pretty tree and deserved recognition. However, high on the Tappan Zee Bridge nest box are new falcon chicks, and they need names.

Mama falcon’s watchful eye over her new little ones (seen behind in nest box)/EarthCam®

Two-way traffic will shift onto one of the immense new 3.1-mile spans, giving motorists a better view of work on the eastbound span.

Stay cable installation for the westbound span is complete; one-third (32) for the eastbound span are attached to their respective towers and tensioned to structural steel.

Crews are installing concrete noise barrier panels along the northbound Thruway in South Nyack this week and installing transparent acrylite noise barriers on the Rockland approach on the soon-to-open westbound span, readying it for motorists.

Watch for update with details in this Thursday’s Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Naming Contest for Soon-to-Arrive Falcon Chicks

Word has it that little eyases will be hatched & need names/Photo courtesy of EarthCam®

One of the fascinating parts of covering this project includes writing about what makes this bridge different from the others: its resident falcons.

Jacob Tanenbaum’s 3rd-grade class at Cottage Lane Elementary School in Blauvelt is studying climate change that includes a discussion about what they can do to lessen the problem. Peregrine falcons — like those living atop the Tappan Zee Bridge — were among raptors affected by the pesticide DDT 50 and 60 years ago.

“Talking about how we stopped using DDT gives the kids hope that they can effect change in the future,” Tanenbaum emphasized.

This will be the last year mama falcon hatches her eyases (chicks) on the current bridge. She’s due soon and will hatch next season’s eggs on one of the westbound span’s towers.

Thus, the project team — keeping keen eyes on all that happens, including high above the river in a nest box on the Tappan Zee Bridge — said it’s time for another falcon naming contest!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Paving the Way for New Maintenance Facility

While there’s no more door — at least not that door — there are, however, formwork and walls for the new maintenance facility being built in Tarrytown.

Start of the Thruway Authority facility at the Westchester shared use path landing/NYSTA

This time last year the toll plaza in Tarrytown was demolished, and traffic methodically shifted lanes during the transition until cashless tolling began.

Only a few days remain until the electronic toll gantry is activated/© Janie Rosman 2016

And while fares have increased significantly in the past 50-plus years, through 2020 they’ll remain at status quo: cars pay $5 cash, $4.75 with E-ZPass®, and commuters pay $3 (20-trip booklet for $60).

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Where the Bridge meets Water, Land and Itself

Above is one of the two 14-foot-thick foundations that each support four of the eight main span towers. Each foundation is 360 feet long and 60 feet wide and is filled with 11,000 cubic yards of concrete.

“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” Really?

This is kinda bridge-related since it intrigued us in a @NewNYBridge tweet.

Remember when we were stumped by what looked like a football helmet with stubs (looked like to me) sticking out of the sides (below)? Here’s where you can find this intriguing piece of art and much more.

You thought I forgot to write about current bridge news, right? To read what’s doing, check herePhoto courtesy New York State Thruway Authority.

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

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