Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Suspension Bridges - Night

We have these two suspension bridges
spanning the Tacoma Narrows,
side by side.

The one on the right, with the decorative XX's
is the "old" bridge, the one that replaced "Galloping Gertie,"
the bridge that collapsed November 7, 1940.

(The remains of that bridge lie deep beneath the surface
and formed an artificial reef that is a favorite cold-water dive spot.)

The "old" bridge was designed to carry about 15,000 cars per day.
By the time construction began on the "new" parallel bridge,
it was carrying around 90,000 cars per day.

Traffic was a mess.

Now water flow through the Narrows is the same.

Traffic flow is much improved.


cieldequimper said...

One year ago on Sept. 11 I drove out to Gig Harbor and the next day I drove back to Sea-Tac. Wonderful, eerie shot.

Don and Krise said...

Very nice shot and post Meri. Not being one that takes change well I'm still not too crazy about the second bridge. I understand that something had to happen with the traffic increase over the years, but....