Archive for the ‘Tappan Zee Bridge’ Tag

Flashback Friday: First Construction 66 Years Ago

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Your eyes are joining the two sections of the main span in the image above, right? History is repeating, now with two spans and a modern, hi-tech, safer and more artistic bridge.

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Crews started work on the Tappan Zee Bridge in March 1952; this past summer the first span of its replacement opened. Happy and healthy New Year to you!

Photos courtesy New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

New York State Prepared to & Did Bridge a Gap*

One of my favorite photos from that day: two members of the construction team watch the crowds prior to the opening ceremony for the new bridge’s westbound span. It was a hot August day, and dad’s golf hat was my lucky charm.

Westbound traffic moved to that span the following night. The Tappan Zee was our eastbound ride for the next six weeks, and then — with slightly less fanfare than its earlier transition — eastbound traffic moved to the new span.

One driver’s wish came true: he was the last ride on the Tappan Zee Bridge, and we had a new eastbound ride. In early November, its first section was removed.

Less of the Tappan Zee now as sections of it are removed to be repurposed per a Thruway Authority board decision in July. Crews continue building the eastbound span and — near the Westchester landing — the new maintenance facility, new building for state police south of the Thruway and the walking and bicycle path.

With its main span towers and piers lit in lavender, the new bridge looked pretty against the oncoming late August night sky. I kept thinking, “Purple reigns on the Hudson Valley” (photo courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority) as I crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge westbound for the last time.

How many of you will remember 2017 as the year the Tappan Zee Bridge closed to traffic? Since last December, when the new bridge’s main span towers were completed, crews have been working toward its opening. The above-mentioned months stand out in my mind; your mileage may vary.

*Tag line for this blog is New York State Prepares to Bridge a Gap™

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Christmas Colors in New Bridge’s Light Scheme

New bridge celebrates the holiday in red and green lights/EarthCam® construction camera

While it’s midnight in New York, Santa has been busy as Christmas began in other parts of the world. By 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon it was Christmas in Australia, and when December 25 ends in New Zealand gifts are being unwrapped (maybe) at 5:15 a.m. here in New York.

However, New Zealand celebrates Christmas in the middle of its summer. Snow cone fights, anyone? Merry Christmas!

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Progress Update: Condensed/Abbreviated Version

Your intrepid blogger and reporter has been down for the count with a cold. Two days after attending the holiday train show at The New York Botanical Garden, I felt a tickle in my throat.

Now that I’m breathing regularly again, and the Cepacol is working its magic, I’ll share that roller skating down the winding slope of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (above, part of the holiday show) is an item on my Bucket List.

Another one is walking from Westchester to Rockland on the new bridge’s path one way so I’d have a friend meet me in Rockland and drive me back.

The last blue structural steel girder was completed since yours truly last posted here. Crews began removing he two remaining tower cranes; the other two were removed this past summer. Crews are also building piers — you can see them in the photo above — near the Westchester shoreline.

Unseen from the road: a peek inside one of those giant blue structural steel girders/ NYSTA

Since the westbound span opened four months ago, the Tappan Zee Bridge has been disappearing, and more of the eastbound span is visible. This past week, crews installed the last four precast concrete pier caps near Westchester; installation continues, including on the Westchester and Rockland approaches, save for this and next weekends.

Check out progress since last month on Thruway Authority’s maintenance facility/NYSTA

Cute story:

A woman and her son, probably age 6 or 7, were on line behind me at the supermarket Thursday. He was carrying a bunch of carrots with the stems attached so I asked her if she peels and cooks them with a meal.

“No, they’re for the reindeer,” her son answered. “They have to eat, too.”

The woman added, “He wanted organic carrots, and I told him the reindeer won’t mind regular ones.”

Then she said to me with a smile (his back was to her), “Wait until he sees teeth marks on them the next morning.”

Have fun if you track Santa’s progress tonight on NORAD. There’s no snow here in southern Westchester; however, you never can tell. Merry Christmas Eve!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

On Location with more than a Thousand Words

Looking good: the shared use path on the Westchester side gets new LED roadway lighting stanchions (columns) for safety and visibility. Path construction in South Nyack begins in 2018. Photos courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

How they get there (Tappan Zee Bridge and under-construction eastbound span) from here (land): by boat as both are independent of land. Back to river travel.

Check out this view inside the cage of a 300-ton crane. Like the super crane did, this will place steel girders onto newly-minted piers near the Rockland landing.

Mighty big for pick-up sticks, right? Above, the rebar sections being cut will be or were installed within concrete. FYI, a tiny piece of rebar is heavier than it looks.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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