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Stories From Main Street: Teaching Students About New Tappan Zee Bridge

Artist's rendering of future Tappan Zee Bridge replacement (credit: NewNYBridge.com)

Artist’s rendering of future Tappan Zee Bridge replacement (credit: NewNYBridge.com)

OSSINING, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The new Tappan Zee Bridge is being used as a teaching tool at schools all across the Hudson Valley.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, officials involved in the project are hoping to inspire students.

New NY Bridge spokesman Brian Conybeare has been touring schools across the Hudson Valley to talk about the project. A recent presentation was recently held at Ossining High School.

“We want to inspire the next generation of bridge builders, the next generation of engineers and architects. We want young people here in the Hudson Valley to know that this exciting project is going on right in their backyard and they can learn from it,” Conybeare told Adams. “Perhaps inspire them to study engineering, science, technology, math in college.”

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In the school presentations, Conybeare explains the engineering of the new bridge and the piling drivings.

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Students said the work involved in the new bridge is interesting.

“I would like to even work on the Tappan Zee Bridge, maybe find an internship if I could. I think that it’s really interesting,” Ossining High School student Danny Ludlum told Adams.

“Questions having to do with the disruption of the migratory fish patterns,” a sophomore taking AP environmental science told Adams.

The new bridge is due to be complete in 2018.

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