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We have been fortunate enough to discover, photograph, and appreciate many bridges across the world. The Erasmus Brug in Rotterdam, the Tower Bridge in London, Ponte di Rialto in Venice, the Brooklyn, Verrazano Narrows and Manhattan Bridges in New York City, to mention a few.
Our Favorite Bridges
Hopefully we will get to see Le Ponte de Normandie in Le Havre, France, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco soon.
The Manhattan Bridge was opened to traffic on December 31, 1909. Connecting western Brooklyn with southeastern Manhattan, it is often used as an alternate to the Brooklyn Bridge. This bridge has seven traffic lanes and four train tracks. In 2004, a new bicycling-only path was opened on the Manhattan Bridge. No toll is charged to cross this bridge by car in either direction.
The Brooklyn Bridge, which opened in 1883, affords magnificent views of the East River, the harbor and downtown Manhattan. Four cables support its deck, which carries vehicular and pedestrian traffic between Manhattan and Brooklyn. A distinctive feature is the broad promenade above the roadway, which is frequented by pedestrians and cyclists.
The Verrazano Narrows bridge connects Brooklyn with Manhattan and is named for Giovanni da Verrazano. He was the first European explorer to sail into New York Harbor in 1524.
This picture was taken from a moving car in the pouring rain with a Sony digital camera.
Wide view of the Verrazano Narrows, which carries 12 lanes of traffic on two decks. The 13,700 feet long bridge was opened to traffic in November, 1964. It has the longest main span of any suspension bridge in North America. More than 60 million vehicles cross this bridge every year.
The Tappan Zee Bridge, which spans the Hudson River about 13 miles north of Manhattan, is one of the longest in America. The bridge's name was derived from the Tappan tribe of Native Americans, who lived in the area, and the Dutch word for sea (zee).
This 3.1 mile long bridge has been home to Peregrine falcons since the late eighties, when the Thruway Authority installed nesting boxes on the bridge's main truss.
The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge is the widest cable-stayed bridge in the world, and the first in the United States with an asymmetrical, hybrid design.
Located in downtown Boston, MA, this bridge features two concrete obelisk towers that mirror the nearby Bunker Hill Monument. This ten lane bridge opened in March 2003.
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