While many local residents were shoveling their driveways following last week’s snowfall, Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) was faced with clearing a much larger path – the 3.1-mile project site. Thanks to preemptive measures, the snow was handled swiftly and safely, allowing for work to continue the next day.
Category: Tappan Zee Bridge
by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist
It feels a little silly to get weepy over a bridge — especially one as widely reviled as the Tappan Zee.
Sure, it’s easy for me to be sentimental about the TZ because I don’t have to deal with it every day. I’m not commuting across it like my parents did for so many years. It’s not my job to keep it safe or to ensure traffic moves smoothly.
Still, I will be sad to see this misfit go.
They tower over the river at 419 feet tall at an ever so slight but very obvious five degree angle. Their iconic design is what makes the new TZB visually unique.
Last week, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo was on site to commemorate the final pours for the eight main span towers for the New New York Bridge (NNYB). “Replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge with such a magnificent structure sends a powerful message to the world that nothing is too big or too difficult for the Empire State,” said Cuomo.
But there’s more than just concrete and cables behind the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Construction workers recently installed the first of 18 overhead gantries, part of an Intelligent Transportation Systems to help keep traffic moving safely and efficiently on the new bridge.
Actress Helen Hayes, state and local elected officials and a motorcade of 400 cars were on hand to dedicate the Tappan Zee Bridge on Dec 15, 1955. “Nyack and the surrounding area assumes its position on the ‘Main Street of the Empire State’ today and the new Thruway bridge brings it within easy commuting range of metropolitan New York,” said NYS Thruway Chairman Bertam D. Tallamy. He was evasive about the name — because it wasn’t officially named the Tappan Zee Bridge until two months after the dedication.
With Tappan Zee Constructors planning to open the north span of the New NY Bridge in 2017 prior to the demolition of the current TZB, this could be the last anniversary for the first Tappan Zee Bridge.
It’s hard to drive past, or over, the Tappan Zee Bridge on a regular basis and not marvel at the rapid growth of the New NY Bridge. Each season seemingly brings a new stage in the bridge’s embryonic development–from steel girders to concrete towers, from piles to road deck, from shoreline to shoreline. Now, it’s beginning to kick.
by Owen Voutsinas-Klose
In 2018, you won’t have to wonder when the next Tappan Zee Express will arrive, because the answer will be…never. The TZx bus service, which shuttles passengers between Rockland and Westchester and takes West of the Hudson commuters to Metro North stations in Tarrytown and White Plains, will be replaced by the new Lower Hudson Transit Link service when the second coming of the Tappan Zee Bridge opens in two years. The LHTL will include real time bus arrival times posted at each bus stop, similar to what you might see on a platform at NYC subways.
Critcs say “nice try” but what has been proposed falls short of Rockland and Westchester’s future mass transit needs.
The New York State Thruway Authority announced that Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) has completed installation of the first stay cables on the New NY Bridge project. The stay cables, along with the 419-foot towers, will be the most prominent features of the new 3.1-mile structure. The first two stay cables were installed by TZC on the new northbound bridge’s main span on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
Six of the seven lanes on the Tappan Zee Bridge were reopened at about 8p last night following the mid-day construction crane collapse which halted all traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge. The southernmost lane on the bridge, which runs from Rockland to Westchester, will remain closed for the immediate future due to structural damage.
“It was a new crane performing a routine task. Sometimes equipment breaks and accidents just happen,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “We’ll know more after [an] inspection.”
The Traffic Cams Are Back!
During yesterday’s bridge closing, the NYS Thruway turned off the three camera aimed at the Tappan Zee Bridge, leaving only the Eastern (Westchester) and Western (Rockland) approach cameras active. They are back online today. To see what bridge traffic looks like RIGHT NOW, visit NyackNewsAndViews.com/tzbwebcams.
“We are very fortunate that the situation wasn’t worse,” said NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo about the crane collapse blocking traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge. Around noon today a crane used for construction of the New NY Bridge collapsed, falling across the middle of the old Tappan Zee Bridge span. Two people thus far have been reported injured. According to LoHud, police reported that “people jumped from the span as a construction crane for the new bridge crashed onto the old span.” No details have been released about what caused the crane collapse.
NYS Thruway update regarding re-routed traffic at 5:30p
The northbound lanes on the Tappan Zee Bridge have been reopened to traffic following a crane accident at 12n today.
However, southbound traffic is still being diverted at exits 15 (New Jersey – I-287 – NJ Route 17 South) and 12 (West Nyack – NY Route 303 – Palisades Center Drive).
One southbound lane will reopen at 7 p.m. tonight, and a second southbound lane will reopen at 8 p.m. tonight.
In accordance with the Eminent Domain Procedure Law (EDPL), the following is a synopsis of the determination and findings that have been made regarding the proposed project to provide Shared-use Path Facilities and Pedestrian/Bicycle Connections in the Villages of South Nyack and Tarrytown.