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.Know More
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 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 >
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is one of the most famous beam bridges in the world. It is the longest continuous over-water bridge on Earth. "The Causeway," as it is often referred to, is 23.83 miles in length.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the largest beam bridge in the world is the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana. Northbound, the bridge span is 23.87 miles long while the southbound span is 23.86 miles long.Full Answer >
Japan's Akashi Kaikyo Bridge stretches 12,831 feet and can withstand 179-mile-per-hour winds, and it is considered to be the strongest bridge in the world. According to CNN, suspension bridges rank among the lightest yet strongest bridges in the world. The Akashi Kaikyo, or Pearl Bridge as it is nicknamed, is composed of three connected suspension spans.Full Answer >