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New York State Thruway Authority bridge painter and groundman Keo Sary, a 21-year Thruway employee of Woodbridge, N.J., secures ropes as he keeps an eye out for the safety of his fellow Tappan Zee Bridge painting crew members. (May 1, 2013)(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

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Tappan Zee Bridge painting crew work to protect bridge during span's final years

The Tappan Zee Bridge painting-crew members, who are New York State Thruway Authority employees, work to protect the bridge between spring and fall, scouring rust from the structure and covering the span with an epoxy primer, red oxide paint and silicone alkyd finish coat to maintain structural integrity. Some of the decades-old paint on the bridge contains lead, which poses a challenge to the painters, who have to contain the particles while dealing with rust and paint erosion. (May 1, 2013)