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Clark M. Eldridge Tacoma Narrows Bridge

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Identification

Clark M. Eldridge Tacoma Narrows Bridge
1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Galloping Gertie
262740

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Structure in General

bridge
demolished [destroyed]
modernism

Facts

  • The bridge opened to traffic on July 1, 1940.
  • The sunken ruins were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
  • The bridge cost over $6 million to build.
  • In 1941, the Federal Works Administration (FWA) appointed a 3-member panel to investigate root causes of the bridge collapse.
  • The nickname "Galloping Gertie" first originated when the Wheeling-based Wheeling Bridge, a 900-foot long suspension bridge, collapsed during a windstorm in May 1854.
  • The investigation board found the principal cause of the bridge's failure was its abundance of elasticity.
  • This bridge was replaced by the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1950.
  • Four months after its opening, the bridge collapsed in a 42 mile-per-hour storm on November 7, 1940.
  • The main span was 2,800 feet in length.

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Location

State Route 16
Tacoma
Washington
U.S.A.

Technical Data

5,939.07 ft
39.00 ft
1938
1940
1940
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