Tacoma Narrows Bridge B W
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Black-and-white image of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, shot on State Route 16 while headed southeast toward Tacoma. Mount Rainier can be seen in the background, framed by a curved light on the bridge. Image has been given a black vignette and other special effects.
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a pair of twin suspension bridges that span the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound in Pierce County, Washington. The bridges connect the city of Tacoma with the Kitsap Peninsula and carry State Route 16 over the strait.
Historically, the name Tacoma Narrows Bridge has applied to the original bridge nicknamed "Galloping Gertie," which opened in July 1940 but collapsed because of aeroelastic flutter four months later, as well as the replacement of the original bridge which opened in 1950 and still stands today as the westbound lanes of the present-day twin bridge complex.
The original Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened on July 1, 1940. It received its nickname "Galloping Gertie" because of the vertical movement of the deck observed by construction workers during windy conditions. The bridge became known for its pitching deck, and collapsed into Puget Sound the morning of November 7, 1940, under high wind conditions. Engineering issues, as well as the United States' involvement in World War II, postponed plans to replace the bridge for several years; the replacement bridge was opened on October 14, 1950.
By 1990, population growth and development on the Kitsap Peninsula caused traffic on the bridge to exceed its design capacity; as a result, in 1998 Washington voters approved a measure to support building a parallel bridge. After a series of protests and court battles, construction began in 2002 and the new bridge opened to carry eastbound traffic on July 15, 2007, while the 1950 bridge was reconfigured to carry westbound traffic. The 1950 and 2007 bridges are now the fifth-longest suspension bridge spans in the United States, and the 31st-longest in the world. (Please see Wikipedia for more information on this bridge and its history.)
Copyright 2012-14 Connie Steitz Fox. All Rights Reserved. Shot outdoors with a Canon A630 and available light. Image has been signed by the artist. Please note: The watermark, if visible, will not appear on your purchased artwork. Its purpose is to deter online theft, which can be traced.
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