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Bay Bridge-Golden Gate, USA
Bay ”Golden Gate” Bridge – San Francisco, USA
The Bay Bridge is more commonly known around the world as the Golden Gate Bridge. It has been a major symbol of American engineering prowess and prestige since its completion in the 1930’s. At the time, no one was sure if such an ambitious project could be possible. The world was stunned upon its completion as the longest suspension bridge in the world with the tallest towers.
Today, many other bridges have dwarfed it. Most notably, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan is over 700 meters longer in the central span and is the longest suspension bridge in the world since 1998.
By 1933, the bridge got the go-ahead by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Projects Administration program. It was a massive program that opened up federal funds to help assuage the damage of the Great Depression. Unprecedented even today, the bridge was completed in just four years. Work started in January 1933, while the grand opening was in May 1937. To give you a perspective, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge took over 10 years to complete, though it is indeed much longer. One notable development was the addition of a safety net hanging under the bridge during its construction. Though 11 people died throughout the building process, the net saved 19 people. Survivors joined an infamous group known as the ”Halfway to Hell Club”.
The Golden Gate Bridge has a total span of 1280 meters and sports six lanes of traffic and 2 lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists. During rush hour, four lanes are reserved for the major direction of traffic. A toll of $5 for southbound traffic remains in effect for commuters, while northbound and pedestrian traffic is toll free.