The first Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge had only been open a few months when on Nov 7, 1940 it collapsed because of wind-induced vibrations. The original bridge was then called "Galloping Gertie." It remains at the bottom of the sound where it fell.
After much research a new design was made and a new bridge built. The new Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened to traffic on October 14, 1950 at a cost of 14 million dollars. When it open in 1950 it was the third longest suspension span in the world. Even by 1991 it was still the fifth longest span in North America.
As traffic increased, a larger bridge was needed. In 2000 it was decided to build a second bridge adjacent to the present bridge at a cost of about 800 millions dollars. The new bridge will have a center length span of 2,800 feet and will be the longest suspension bridge in the United States since 1964 when the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York was open.
These are some photo's of the new bridge construction I took, starting in 2004. They are not complete, just when I was able to capture some of the construction.
The last photos were taken in 2015 after the bridge was completed.
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