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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge was the world’s longest suspension bridge, till 1964, that connects San Francisco to Marine County. The bridge spans the Golden Gate strait between San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. One of the most photographed bridge in the world, the Golden Gate bridge is prominent American landmark that has featured in various media and games.


    Before the bridge was build, a ferry service was used for the purpose of transportation to San Francisco. The concept of bridging the nearly mile-wide Golden Gate Strait was first proposed in 1872, but it was not until the early that the building of the bridge was conceptualized. In 1929, Joseph Strauss was selected as the chief engineer who with his team designed the stunning technological and artistic achievement. The colour of the bridge, an orange vermillion called international orange was selected by consulting architect Irving Morrow because it complements the natural surroundings and enhances the bridge’s visibility in fog. Construction began on January 5, 1933.The workers faced many difficulties – strong tides, frequent storms and fogs.

    On May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to great acclaim, a symbol of progress in the Bay Area during a time of economic crisis. The festivities lasted one whole week. Day before traffic was allowed on the bridge; more than 200,000 pedestrians crossed the bridge on foot and skates.


    The bridge is popular with pedestrians and bicyclists and is built walkways on either side of the six vehicle traffic lanes separated by a railing.

    Some facts about the bridge –

    Total Length 8,981 feet
    Height above water 746 feet
    Route Part of National Highway System
    All Electronic Tolling Fastrack, Pay-By-Plate


    Toll Fee details

    Number of Axles  Pay-By-Plate: License Plate Account, One-Time Payment, Toll Invoice FasTrak Toll
    2-Axles/ Motorcycle $6 $5
    3-Axles $18 $15
    4-Axles $24 $20
    5-Axles $30 $25
    6-Axles $36 $30
    7-Axles or More $42 $35

    For more details click here.

    Walkway

    Eastern Walkway
    Pedestrians and Bicyclists Weekdays 5:00 AM to 3:30 PM
    Only pedestrians Weekdays 3:30 PM to  6:00 PM / 9:00 PM during DST
    Weekends 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM / 9:00 PM during DST
    Only bicyclist Weekends Evening and overnight
    Western Walkway
    Only Bicyclist When bicyclists are not allowed on Eastern Walkway
    Bus Service
    San Francisco Muni Sunday 76 Marin Headlands bus line
    Daily Southern end of bridge – Line 28
    5:30 AM to midnight
    Golden Gate Transit Numerous lines throughout the week

    Photo – fanpop.com

    Reference – Wikipedia , goldengate.org

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