BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. – Briarcliff Middle School students took a detailed look at the engineering and design of the New NY Bridge, that will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge connecting Westchester and Rockland counties.
Andrew O’Rourke and Daniel Marcy from the bridge’s Educational Outreach Program shared information with students during a special assembly.
“The original Tappan Zee Bridge was built in 1955 and was only meant to support 100,000 cars every day,” said Marcy. “Now, there are about 138,000. It slows things down when you have so many cars in a finite space.”
Students viewed a time-lapse video of the bridge’s construction so far, learned about the types of materials being used to build the structure and took a look at some of the new features of the bridge – including walking and biking lanes and six overlook areas with Hudson River views.
The assembly gave students the opportunity to see engineering in action, as well as learn about local history related to the bridge and Hudson River.
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