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Famous Bridges

Bixby BridgeBixby Bridge in Big Sur, California

Completed in 1932, Bixby Bridge is one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world.
Bixby Bridge, or Bixby Creek Bridge, is named after early settler Charles Henry Bixby. The picturesque concrete arch bridge is often filmed and photographed.

Type: Single span concrete arch
Height: 260 feet
Length: 714 feet
Width: 24 feet

Brooklyn BridgeBrooklyn Bridge in New York

Location: New York, over the East River connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn
Opened: May 24, 1883
Type: Suspension bridge with cable-stays
Length: 1,825 meters / 5,989 feet
Designer: John Augustus Roebling

About the Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Designer John A. Roebling had designed important suspension bridges in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas. Tragically, Roebling was injured while surveying the property and died of tetanus before the bridge was built. His son, Washington Roebling completed the design and briefly supervised the engineering, but he also died. Fourteen years after it began, the project was completed by Washington Roebling's wife, Emily Warren Roebling. When the Brooklyn Bridge opened, crushing foot traffic, fired by a rumor that the bridge was about to collapse, stirred a stampede that killed twelve and injured thirty-five people.

Golden Gate BridgeGolden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

The Golden Gate Bridge has the seventh-longest main span in the world. When it was constructed in the 1930s, it was the world's longest.
Designed by noted engineer and bridge-builder Joseph Strauss, the Golden Gate Bridge was constructed between 1933 and 1937.

Total Length: 1.7 miles (8,981 feet or 2,737 m)
Center Span: 4,200 feet (1,966 m)
Width: 90 feet (27 m)
Height from water: 220 feet (67 m)

Vasco da Gama BridgeVasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal

With its viaducts, Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe.
The Vasco da Gama Bridge spans the Tagus River near Lisbon, capital of Portugal. The bridge was designed by Armando Rito and opened in 1998.

Type: Cable-stayed
Length: 10.7 miles (17.2 km), including viaducts and access roads