Verrazzano Narrows Bridge

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Verrazzano Narrows Bridge

Verrazzano Narrows Bridge a couple of nice pictures



In 1959 the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority appointed Othmar Ammann to design the colossal Verrazzano Narrows Bridge.  At this time in history it would be the longest span in the world.  The cost of $325 million was highest ever for a bridge project.  This project was to be paid for out of public funds and then recovered through car tolls.  

The towers soared 650 feet above the water, while the double-deck roadway was suspended 226 feet high.  The main span stretched 4260 feet between towers.   These distances are so high and far apart that in designing the bridge it was necessary to take into account the curvature of the earth. The total height of the towers is 693 feet and with the towers 4260 feet apart the top of the towers are 1 5/8" further apart due to the curvature of the earth. On November 21, 1964 the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge opened and held the claim as the longest suspension bridge in the world.