Engineering students get up close look at future Sylvan Avenue Bridge

A group of Plano high school students recently got an up close look at a major engineering project, courtesy of the City of Dallas Public Works Department. The students were bused to the City’s Baker Pump Station on Irving Boulevard for a tour of the Trinity River levee and Sylvan Avenue Bridge construction site.

Public Works Senior Engineer Haroon Abdoh and Community Outreach Liaison Dale Long hosted the students from McMillen High School, where Haroon serves as a volunteer with the Plano ISD’s Project Lead The Way (PLTW) engineering program. The objective of the PLTW is to enhance engineering knowledge and interest among high school students.

“The Sylvan Bridge project was an ideal opportunity for these students to learn more about civil engineering design and construction,” said Abdoh. “The kids asked technical questions and were eager to absorb the information.”
The Sylvan Bridge over the Trinity River is a partnership between the City and Texas Department of Transportation. The $42 million six- lane bridge is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014.

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