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|
|7-Axles or More||$42||$35|
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|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|
|Only Bicyclist||When bicyclists are not allowed on Eastern Walkway|
|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|
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