Golden Gate Bridge. Nidya Diaz MA Algebra II Period 10. History. Before the Golden Gate Bridge the only way to get across the San Francisco Bay was by ferry.
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Strauss was the chief engineer but he didn’t have enough knowledge to build it himself, much of the resposibilty of engineering and architecture fell on other experts.
Irving Morrow, designed the overall shape of the bridge towers, the lighting scheme, and Art Deco elements such as the streetlights, railing, and walkways. Senior engineer Charles Alton Ellisdid much of the technical and theoretical work that built the bridge, but he received none of the credit in his lifetime. Strauss would take all the credit for himself but later it came out that others were more responsible for the building of the bridge than Strauss
Ninth-longest suspension span in the world.
A few Golden Gate Bridge facts :
Total length: Including approaches, 1.7 miles 8,981 feet
Middle span: 4,200 feet
Width: 90 feet
Clearance above the high water (average): 220 feet
Total weight when built: 894,500 tons
Total weight today: 887,000 tons. Weight reduced because of new decking material
746 feet above the water
500 feet above the roadway
Each leg is 33 x 54 feet
Towers weigh 44,000 tons each
There are about 600,000 rivets in EACH tower.