Brooklyn Bridge: how it all began

Connect Manhattan and Brooklyn dreamed of in the early 19th century.Experts have long thought on the project, since the distance between these points was too large.Even to consider the possibility of creating an underground road, but the amount of construction cost estimates were unfeasible to implement these ideas.

And only in 1869, engineer John Roebling proposed his project of suspension bridge, which was soon approved, and the construction began January 3, 1870, but soon after the start of construction of the bridge, John Roebling died in an accident, the project's implementation in life begins to engagehis son - Washington Roebling.After a while ill and Roebling, Jr., the cause is taken by his wife Emily.It is believed that the Brooklyn Bridge was built by Roebling family, their names are forever
inscribed on the elements of the suspended structure.

opening of the bridge

Brooklyn Bridge can be called "grandfather" of all suspension bridges built in the United States.It was built 13 years, it opened on May 24, 1883.On the construction of the bridge was spent fifteen million dollars - at that time a very large amount.

A week after the opening of the bridge there were rumors that he may suddenly collapse, it became a cause of panic among pedestrians and death in stampede twelve people.To appease the people, the city authorities held him for a whole herd of circus elephants.

Design features the Brooklyn Bridge

bridge stretched over the waters of the East River Strait, extending to 1825 meters.Its width is twenty-six meters and a maximum height - forty one meter.At the time of completion in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the largest of the suspended structures in the world, when its construction was first in the history of the construction of such structures using steel bars.Unusual was the decoration of the bridge and the tower, built in the Gothic Revival style, each 83 m in height.

Initially, the bridge was designed by the two railway tracks, four lanes for horse-drawn carriages and walking path.Later on it started to ride the trams.In the 50s of the 20th century as a result of reconstruction of the bridge rail tracks were removed for road transport added two bands.As a result, the Brooklyn Bridge was the six-lane.

Brooklyn Bridge is now

Modern Brooklyn Bridge is divided into 3 parts: the side of them are designed for cars, and the average, rather wide and towering above the rest - for pedestrians and cyclists.In the early 80-ies of the 20th century at night illuminate the steel bridge, than even more emphasized its unique architecture.

So what is still known for the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City?Many: unusual history of its creation, shall be issued for the construction of the design innovations, interesting neo-Gothic architecture and the fact that he is faithfully serving the people for over 100 years.