The Golden Gate Bridge is famous because it was the world's longest suspension bridge when it was first constructed in 1937 until November 21, 1964, when New York City opened its Verrazano–Narrows Bridge. The Verrazano–Narrows Bridge lost its place as the world's longest suspension bridge when the Humber Bridge opened in England on July 17, 1981.Continue Reading
As of 2014, the longest suspension bridge is the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan, which has a main span of 6,532 feet compared to the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge's 4,626 feet and the Golden Gate Bridge's 4,200 feet. A close second for the longest suspension bridge title is the Great Belt East Bridge in Denmark, which has a main span of 5,328 feet.
The Golden Gate Bridge took slightly more than 4 years to build. Construction started on the bridge on January 5, 1933, and did not open for vehicular traffic until May 28, 1937. The bridge's name is derived from the Golden Gate Strait, which is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay area from the Pacific Ocean. Eleven men died during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Ten of these men died when a section of scaffolding that was carrying 12 men fell through a safety net. During construction, there was a net that was implemented below the bridge to catch anyone who fell. The 19 men who were saved by the net were often referred to as the Halfway-to-Hell Club.Learn more about Architecture
The Tappan Zee Bridge is a cantilever bridge spanning New York's Hudson River at one of the widest points. Opened in 1955, the Governor Malcom Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge is 90 feet wide, 16,013 feet long and has eight solid concrete caissons supporting it.Full Answer >
It took 10 years to build the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. Construction began on the bridge in May 1988 and finished in 1998. It opened to the public in April of that year.Full Answer >
The Walt Whitman Bridge spans the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Gloucester City in Camden County, New Jersey. It is owned and operated by the Delaware River Port Authority.Full Answer >
The purpose of the Golden Gate Bridge is to connect San Francisco to Marin County, Calif. Before the bridge opened in 1937, the only practical route between what is now Marin County and San Francisco was by ferry across San Francisco Bay. At the time, San Francisco was the largest U.S. city reached primarily by ferry.Full Answer >