Bridges as engineering structures at all times were assigned the role of important elements that promote the development of trade, diplomatic relations and culture. To build a really good bridge, which will not only be a link between the divided parts of the earth, but also a significant attraction, you need to make a lot of efforts.
As history shows, some of the most diligent builders wielded in the US at the end of the XIX – in the middle of the XX century, when the famous bridges of America were built.
The Golden Gate Bridge
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Probably, this bridge can be called the most famous bridge of all the United States. Its construction began in 1933 and for 4 years architects, engineers and builders managed to create a real work of art. The Golden Gate Bridge almost immediately became a symbol with which the world associates the United States.
Located in San Francisco, this bridge connects one of the most famous cities in California with the Marin district. Every day, about 100,000 cars pass through the Golden Gate, and therefore the creators can be sure that the $ 25,700,000 (that’s what it took to build it) has paid for itself in more than 80 years of existence. Note that until 1957 the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest in the world.
The Brooklyn Bridge
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The very name of this structure makes it clear that it is located in one of the districts of New York, namely Brooklyn. To be more precise, the Brooklyn Bridge across the East River connects Brooklyn with the famous Manhattan Island.
This year, this engineering creation turned 134 years, during which the Brooklyn Bridge has seen many significant events, namely the creation of dozens of Hollywood films. For example, he got the “role” of the trap for Godzilla in the 1998 film of the same name, and in the thriller “Monstro” in 2008 he appears as a ferry for refugees from the island.
In 1964, the Brooklyn Bridge was awarded the honorary title of the National Historic Landmark of the United States.
George Washington Bridge
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Like the Brooklyn Bridge, George Washington Bridge is located in the Big Apple and connects Manhattan with Fort Lee. Its construction lasted 4 years under the strict guidance of the architect Otmar Ammann – from 1927 to 1931. Before the Golden Gate appeared in San Francisco, the George Washington Bridge was considered the largest suspension bridge on the planet.
It is interesting that at the opening of the bridge on it there were only 6 lanes for traffic. However, now, thanks to the great engineering thought of Omar Ammann, who foresaw the growth of the popularity of cars, the roadway without problems was increased to 14 lanes. It’s no wonder that today almost 300,000 cars pass by the bridge of George Washington every day.
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This bridge is known primarily due to its extent is the 3rd in the world. It connects the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan State.
The erection of the Mackinac Bridge dates back to 1954-1958. The whole project was developed and implemented from the beginning to the end thanks to the efforts of the architect David Steinman.
The Navajo Bridge
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Despite the small length of 820 feet, the Navajo Bridge is known not only in the United States, but also beyond the territory of the federation. Such a glory bridge from the state of Arizona, the construction of which took 2 years, brought a beautiful panorama. Under the Navaho there is a powerful Colorado River, and around it are fascinating canyons. Today the bridge is completely pedestrian.