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Tacoma Narrows Bridge #2

- Tyfoid Kid - Friday, September 22nd, 2006 : goo

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So everyone has seen the pictures of what happend to the first bridge across the Tacoma Narrows.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Narrows_Bridge

They rebuilt that bridge and fixed the issue that caused it to buck wildly in the wind going in and out of the narrows. So as the population has exploded in the Seattle-Tacoma area the two lane bridge just won't cut it anymore so they are putting up a second bridge right next to the old one. We were going to Tacoma but got caught up in the detours and ended up going back and forth over the existing bridge twice in 20 minutes. The project is impressive.

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Going over the first time heading for the Olympic Forest.

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Heading back down to Tacoma (duh)

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The have the cables set with the ends for the bridge sections already on them and the sections are on these huge barges under the bridge stacked 8 or 10 high.

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Big sand bags to counter the weight of the machine that's spininng the big cables (I think that's what it's doing.)
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aer suzuki: 22nd Sep 2006 - 23:28 GMT

awesome post! haven't had a chance to get out on the road this summer too much, these are cool to see. nice colors too.

ahhhhh: 18th Mar 2007 - 05:36 GMT

i was wondering who were the ones slowing down traffic and oggling the bridge.

the narrows operator: 6th Feb 2009 - 21:55 GMT

The photo above that is said to have big sand bags countering the spinning cabels. Is actually large water balloons, they were used for a test pick before picking the actual deck section. The yellow beam is the picking beam which is attached to the gantry crane in mid span that rides the cables.

Franny Wentzel: 24th Apr 2009 - 15:21 GMT

Would it have killed the engineers to design the new bridge to better match up with the old one?

aki: 10th Jun 2009 - 11:52 GMT

Just read about the Galloping Gertie and it ended in this article . Very interesting reading.

brad: 22nd Feb 2010 - 19:42 GMT

i've been over this bridge. one of my favorite places is Fox Island, and you have to go over this bridge going into Gig Harbor

tony v: 24th Sep 2010 - 04:11 GMT

ive crossed that bridge many a time, what a view.

georgia: 3rd Nov 2010 - 16:43 GMT

i would like to know how the tacoma bridge fell

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