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|Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, California
One of the longest suspension bridges in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge spans the entrance into San Francisco Bay and connects northern California to the peninsula of San Francisco. Designed by Joseph B. Strauss, it was opened to traffic on May 27, 1937, at a total cost of $35½ million.
The official color of the bridge is International Safety Orange. It was chosen because it makes the bridge clearly visible, even during bad weather.
Total Length (including approaches) 8,981 feet (1.7 miles)
Length of Main Suspension Span (between the towers) 4,200 ft
Total Width 90 ft
Width of Roadway Between Curbs 62 feet
Clearance Above Mean High Water Level 220 feet
Height of Towers Above Water 746 feet
Diameter of Each Main Cable (with wrapping) 36-3/8 in
Total Length of Wire Used in Both Main Cables 80,000 mi
Official Golden Gate Bridge Website
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This page was last updated on May 29, 2017.