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Detour Friday Overnight as Westbound Lanes Shift so Crews can Build Bridge’s SUP

Two more days to drive on the right side of the westbound span because Friday night brings a traffic shift so crews can start building the shared use path.

Multiple lane closures will begin at approximately 8 p.m. Friday as traffic conditions permit. At least one Rockland-bound lane will remain open except when State Police stop and temporarily hold traffic. All four lanes will be open by Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Exit 9 northbound ramp on Route 119 in Tarrytown will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday. Northbound drivers will be detoured to the Exit 8.

Map, markers and route are courtesy of Yahoo! Maps

My suggestion if you’re already in Tarrytown or Sleepy Hollow:

Take Benedict Avenue at South Broadway through to Route 119/White Plains Road in Greenburgh. Turn left at the light, and continue to I-87/I-287 north/west (sign is on the left).

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

TZB Demolition & Removal Proceed as Planned

Now that the eastbound ride is closer to what remains of the Tappan Zee Bridge, how many of you are looking to see where one of the members slipped in one of the joints?

I am. Maybe others can find it on the east anchor span; maybe it’s not visible from the road due to its location above the support columns near the western opening.

The Thruway Authority said the demolition process will proceed as planned and will not be expedited. Strand jacks will assist with lowering the two anchor spans, after which the super crane will help remove the main span’s steel support structures, completing main span removal by late fall 2018.

“Engineers try to prepare for all contingencies and generally have a series of demolition stages where they examine and prepare for the different loading conditions at each stage,” Andrew Herrmann, partner emeritus of consulting engineers, Hardesty & Hanover, explained.

During demolition, when removing members of the bridge, loads in remaining members change and have to be checked to make sure no component is overloaded.

The eastbound span of the new bridge is and always was safe. Happy viewing!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

New Ride on Eastbound Span; SUP is Underway

Nice, roomy ride back to Westchester this afternoon that gave me a much closer look at what little remains of the Tappan Zee Bridge. I was in the right lane as cars whizzed by me.

It looks close for 160 feet apart; however, it’s an optical illusion from the driver’s seat. This is a better view of the old bridge than from the westbound span.

En route to Rockland, I wanted to see where the shared use path left the bridge. It was difficult to tell so I found where the path separated from the Thruway.

The newest span is open, it’s a smooth ride that offers a better view of what’s doing on the east side of the old bridge. Don’t forget to check the great view of the Hudson Valley heading westbound.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Two Days Later: is the TZB Section Any Safer?

Remaining Tappan Zee Bridge still a safety concern/EarthCam® construction camera

While there remains a possibility of the old bridge east anchor span failing, in the event it does, it will fall within a safety zone that does not affect vessel traffic or the structural integrity of the new eastbound bridge.

So a few questions: which way would that section fall? Would it fall sideways to the south? Does last week’s discovery mean crews will expedite their dismantling process? How would the falling piece(s) affect the Westchester and Rockland shorelines?

These are some of the questions I asked Sunday night and was told yesterday there’s no further information at this time.

The eastbound span will open tonight, the second night of Rosh Hashanah and the solemn day of September 11. Perhaps more people will be on the road tonight returning home from dinners and services. Why not wait until Friday: it’s good for traffic volume, as project director Jamey Barbas, P.E., said during Sunday’s conference call.

Maybe tonight because the New York State gubernatorial primary is Thursday.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Traffic will shift to New Eastbound Span Tuesday

“After careful evaluation, Tappan Zee Constructors has determined that the old Tappan Zee Bridge east anchor span is damaged but currently stable with certain key components highly stressed,” TZC President and Project Executive Terry Towle said tonight in a statement.

This will not endanger either the westbound span or the eastbound span above, photo courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority, which had been ready to open since Friday.

“While there remains a possibility of the old bridge east anchor span (steel truss) failing,” Towle said, if it does, then “it will fall within a safety zone that does not affect vessel traffic or the structural integrity of the new eastbound bridge.”

Its assessment completed, TZC recommended shifting traffic to the eastbound span, a process scheduled for Tuesday night if weather permits. Rain comes tomorrow, Tuesday brings thunderstorms, and tropical storm-turned-hurricane Florence will hit the east coast after the span opens.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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