Interesting facts about Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is in San Francisco, U.S. It was designed by engineer Joseph Strauss.
The Golden Gate Bridge is at its most enchanting in the morning when the bridge is often covered in the mist. But the bridge is also alluring at night when the lighting makes it seem as if the spires of the towers dissolve in the darkness.
Source: Marin Headlands
Here are some interesting facts about the Golden Gate Bridge:
- The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was originally going to be painted with black and yellow stripes to ensure visibility by passing ships and the orange color was only supposed to be for a sealant. But, the orange color worked better for fog so the orange color was selected finally.
- During the construction of Golden Gate Bridge, the lead structural engineer insisted on the installation of a safety net(approx $130,000 cost). The net saved 19 men during the four years of its construction and they named themselves the “Halfway to Hell Club”.
- There is a zipper truck on the Golden Gate Bridge that shifts the median from one lane to another to increase traffic flow in either direction.
- The Golden Gate Bridge isn’t named for its own coloring but rather for the mouth of the San Francisco Bay (which was named so even before the California gold rush).
- The Golden Gate Bridge is designed to sway up to 28 feet sideways and 16 feet vertically.
- In 1987, when 300,000 people started crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on foot during the bridge’s 50th-anniversary walk, the stress on the bridge stretched the steel cables, pulled the towers inward and pushed the roadway down by 7 feet.
- An American actor, Woody Harrelson climbed the Golden Gate Bridge In 1996 which resulted in all-day traffic.
- The roadway across the Golden Gate Bridge rises and falls as much as 16 feet depending on the temperature.
- The Golden Gate Bridge is about 60 times heavier than the Brooklyn Bridge.
- In 1987, when approx 300,000 people started crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on foot during the bridge’s 50th-anniversary walk, the stress on the bridge stretched the steel cables, pulled the towers inward and pushed the roadway down by 7 feet.
- The Golden Gate Bridge has the longest span in the world from its completion in 1937 until the Verrazano Narrows Bridge was built in New York in 1964.
- The main span 4200 feet(1280 meter) long, is suspended from two cables hung from towers 746 feet (227 meter) height; at midpoint the roadway is 265 feet (81 meter) above mean high water.