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New NY Bridge Team Visits Briarcliff Middle School

Daniel Marcy from the New NY Bridge team spoke with Briarcliff Middle School students about the history of the current Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo Credit: Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District
Briarcliff Middle School Principal Susan Howard, flanked by New NY Bridge team members Daniel Marcy and Andrew O’Rourke, spoke during the special assembly. Photo Credit: Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

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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