History of bridges

By: VIGNESH SOUNDARARAJAN

1764

The Jade belt Bridge was built in china by emperor Ch’ien-lung as part of a garden in tribute to his late father.

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1781

The Iron Bridge was the first to be constructed entirely out of cast iron. It crossed the Severn River at a span of 100 ft.

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1883

Brooklyn bridge opens, connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. The longest suspension bridge at that time, it opened with a span of 3,460 feet.

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1885

The Garabit Viaduct Railway Bridge opens and crosses the Truyere River with a span of 1,853 feet and a height of height of 400 feet.

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1890


The Firth of Forth is finally bridged, providing an alternative means of travel to the ferries that had traversed the waters for centuries.


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1931

Celebrations were held to mark the opening of the George Washington Bridge, which crosses the Hudson River and connects Manhattan with New Jersey.

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1937

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1940

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses after 4 months of its opening due to high winds and the lack of stability.

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1957

The Mackinac Bridge in Michigan opened with a span length of 1158 metres, which makes it the world’s 3rd longest suspension bridge.

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1964

On November 21st , New York’s Verrazano Narrows Bridge opens.

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1998

Akashi-Kaikyō is the longest suspension bridge in the world, stretching 12,828 feet across the Akashi Strait.

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