Archive for the ‘Tarrytown’ Tag

Progress since First Span opened last August

Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and Tappan Zee Bridge credit Tom Kaminski / WCBS Chopper 880

At the top of the photo, you can see cuts in the Tappan Zee Bridge; here’s why.

Did you hear it? The whoosh of time going by: January marked five years since the Thruway Authority issued Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) Notice To Proceed.

The westbound span’s been open nearly six months, and the maintenance facility and new police barracks are under way. Crews are dismantling the Tappan Zee Bridge, which looks tiny next to its replacement. Mom and I rode across the bridge last February, when more than half the stay cables were in place. She’d asked what the towers and blue girders were and if we were going to drive on it.

Yes, we will, mom. When you come home, I’ll take you in the car and drive across the new bridge to Memorial Park to eat ice cream and gaze at the river view.

New state police barracks will be ready for move-in day when bridge opens this year/NYSTA

Meantime, crews are working on the maintenance facility that you pass on the right driving westbound, and the new state trooper barracks just before Exit 9 and to the far right of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

ICYMI: Scenes from around the Project Site

Wires? A huge bug? Nope. Per project officials, these are tubes that cooled the new bridge’s concrete pile caps via concrete cytalitic reaction. Too complex for me, suffice to say they helped make the new bridge stronger.

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

This colorful new view from steps near the clubhouse at Quay condominiums in Tarrytown differs from what residents living there saw when the project started.

Looking north from the Westchester landing, you can see piers from the Tappan Zee Bridge and the two new spans. The project slowed during the past few weeks due to bitterly cold temps that caused a frozen river.

Sweet photo. An astute eye snapped hungry mallard ducks befriending some of the crew. Before long, the Peregrine falcons will return to their home — on which bridge?

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. See this pipe affixed to the blue structural steel girders near the Westchester landing? It helps prevent flooding and is part of the new bridge’s drainage system.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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

Sneak Peek at NYS Police Troop T’s Future Home

Today your intrepid reporter visited the project site. The above New York State Thruway Authority photo shows only one side so, camera in hand . . .

I drove past the fork in the road and was stopped by a guard. After a few minutes of talking, I took a few photos of the structure from an “invisible via car” side.

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Several years earlier, residents in the 40-home neighborhood bordering the bridge were concerned about how vehicles would access the construction site, safety for kids playing, school buses and the nearby JCC.

The area was quiet and clean this afternoon; the only visible signs of construction were structures (seen here) towering over a metal fence guarded by security. Past the cars and the Thruway is the new maintenance facility with new metal panels.

Personal note: A big thank you with gratitude and appreciation to everyone who supported me during the past stressful week. Mom was taken to the hospital one week ago Friday with multiple complications and was discharged yesterday with renewed spirit and appetite.

Needing to make a decision about mom in addition to other responsibilities, I kept putting one foot in front of the other. I’m relieved her health has improved and that she’s in a new facility to help her regain mobility and balance.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Cool views invisible from the Driver’s Seat: completing one Span and removing Another

Painter standing on a girder more than 400 feet long, and no fear of height here./NYSTA

What we can see from the car/SUV — motorcycle riders have the advantage of no window frames — is the new maintenance facility underway near the Westchester landing. What goes on under and next to the bridges are different stories.

Think this person is standing on a pier near the Westcheser landing? You’re right!/NYSTA

Now that River Road is open — and the Tappan Zee Bridge’s abutment is gone — look for cranes near Westchester landing removing sections of TZB steel and concrete. The colossal crane will remove the first of 20 sections now then through next spring, the largest weighing up to 2,600,000-plus pounds.

This scaffolding platform will be under the TZB to help crews during its demolition/NYSTA

The TZB’s decline was so sharp that when mom and dad took us to the country, my younger brother and I were sure we’d drive right into the Hudson River. Not quite. It looks harmless here alongside a barge.

That decline was protected from ice by wooden piles, now collected in this barge /NYSTA

While River Road is open, bridge lanes and an on-ramp will be closed at various times during the week as work continues near the landings. Click here for details.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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