Archive for the ‘Westchester approach span’ Tag

Eastbound Span Increases as TZB Decreases

This photo showing the angle we see from the other side (while heading west) is straight from the project’s newest tower webcam via EarthCam® construction cameras. If you click the photo, then you can see the I Lift NY setting structural steel near the Westchester shoreline.

Been a while since I posted: while I was away getting a new hip joint, the super crane’s been busy! Last weekend it was installing deck panels on the eastbound span so that you and your vehicle will have a safe ride. President Barack Obama and Governor Andrew Cuomo both talked about holes in the Tappan Zee Bridge’s roadway.

“At times you can see the river through the cracks of the pavement,” Obama said during his May 2014 visit to Tarrytown. “Now, I’m not an engineer, but I figure that’s not good.”

“They keep doing these patch jobs on the Tappan Zee Bridge, including those very heavy metal plates over holes in the Tappan Zee Bridge,” Cuomo said during remarks to the North America Building Trades Union’s Legislative Conference in April 2016.

“And when you go over the heavy metal plates, you see the truck in front of you bounces just a little bit, and then you see a little light coming through from the corner of the plate,” he said. “I would always take my seat belt off when I was going over the Tappan Zee Bridge. I was getting ready to swim, I would take off my shoes, and I would open the window. I was ready.”

In the above photo, courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority, cranes are installing said deck panels. They’ll be interlocked via their hairpin reinforcing steel bars, after which reinforcing concrete will be poured between the spaces (around the steel) prior to the final driving surface.

Enough excitement for now. Check back later for another blog post. Self-promo: my article about infrastructure, the new bridge and federal spending will go live next month in a national magazine.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Girders and Concrete make News this Week

Here’s a close-up of one of section of the approximately 50,000 tons of structural steel on the 196,416-inch long bridge’s approach spans. Above is the Westchester side.

They’re huge. HUGE.

Imagine seeing one of the six barges that accidentally came loose after last week’s storm and floated down the river to a town or village, maybe near you.

This week, crews will be installing them on the eastbound Rockland approach span using mobile cranes. The I Lift NY super crane gets to sit on the sidelines for this job.

Lots of concrete pours in the works, too, for the eastbound span’s abutment in Rockland and for the new state police facility in Tarrytown. Work continues on the Thruway Authority’s new maintenance facility.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Uneven Lane no worry for Rider; Barrier Update

This afternoon the far right lane — that will become the shared use path — was blocked by orange cones. Signs posted on the overhead gantries tell motorcyclists the second lane (that will become the breakdown lane) is uneven.

This ambitious person was riding on a motorcycle, and apparently neither the gantries’ message about the road surface nor the road itself bothered him.

Good for him! Take note, drivers who complain about the uneven right lanes.

Because of the orange cones there was traffic — yes, really — on the Westchester approach span. It gave me a chance to see a bit of the new maintenance facility progress. And . . . the concrete barrier was moved so there were still four lanes westbound.

Speaking of barrier, next week crews will start removing the structures that store the Tappan Zee Bridge’s movable barrier and will also replace sections of its concrete barrier — that separates eastbound traffic from the empty lanes — with orange traffic barrels.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Road being Readied; Thruway Facility Underway

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

Seven days left for motorists to drive westbound on the Tappan Zee Bridge. As crews ready the roadway for the August 25 overnight shift, they will stripe the westbound span’s traffic lanes and landings.

Because you have to watch out for motorists who cross the solid white lines on the current bridge’s approach spans you may have missed seeing progress on the maintenance facility in Tarrytown.

Project officials report crews are installing the exterior (phase three). Phase one was pouring reinforced concrete, and phase two was installing structural steel. The first photo is what it looked like months ago, and the above photo shows a current view looking east. Photo courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Noise Barrier Installation Continues — & Lights

You know about the hour-long light show under the bridge last month, right?

Above photo of lights courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

TZC also connected the Westchester and Rockland approaches to the main span last month. Getting closer! I wonder where they’ll put this happy sign:

Crews continue installing concrete noise barriers chosen way back when along the southbound Thruway and the northbound side (next to the future shared use path) in South Nyack.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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