Over the River

November 25, 2016
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A new bridge is being built in New York. It will cross the Hudson River. This is the biggest bridge project in the state’s history. The bridge will open in 2018. Read about how it is being built.

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A Team of Workers

More than 5,000 people are helping to build the bridge. These men are moving a crane.

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Putting Parts Together

These workers are building piers. The piers will hold up the roadways.

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Many Pieces

A big crane moves pieces of the bridge. The bridge will be more than three miles long. It will be made of steel and concrete. The new bridge will replace an old one.

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A New Landmark

This drawing shows how the new bridge will look. The bridge will have high towers and cables. It will have two roadways next to each other.

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Science Scoop

Workers are making sure animals are kept safe while the bridge is being built. Falcons live in a special nest box on the old bridge. A camera keeps an eye on them.

Think!

Why are bridges important? What do they help us do?

The Right Gear

People working on the new bridge wear special gear. It helps them stay safe. Look at the diagram. Then answer the questions.

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1. What do workers wear to protect their hands?

2. What do workers wear to keep their heads safe?

3. Which piece of gear has a side shield?

4. Which piece of gear has a steel cap?