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WA Clouds Over the Tacoma Narrows and the Narrows Bridge

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The suspension bridge on the lower side is the one that replaced the Galloping Gertie, which crashed into the waters of Puget Sound only 4 months after it opened in1940. For the most part, Gertie's collapse was due to rigid girders on the bridge decking; it couldn't resist the 40 mph winds during a November storm. The collapse changed the way bridges are constructed.
Only one fatality....a puppy dog in a car that fell with the bridge. The replacement (pictured) was finished in 1950. The upper bridge was completed in 2007 and is very similar to the lower bridge. The Tacoma Narrows separate Tacoma from the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State.
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glensue, you are welcome! For several years lived near the bridges, actually watched the new bridge being built. Fascinating to see it being put together!


@glensue Thank you for the video. Very helpful to understand the history of the original bridge. ;-))

I drive over these two side by side bridges on a fairly regular basis given I live on the Kitsap Peninsula. We pay the toll for the new bridge going into Tacoma--currently $6--and the trip across the old bridge is at no cost.

Thank you , PzzlGrl, for this photo and the information above. Interesting to know more about the original bridge. Makes me appreciate the winds across the Narrows even more. ;-))

Thanks, glensue!

Video of the old bridge as it gave way.

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