Top 10 Oldest Bridges in America

 

10. The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the Golden Gate, the one-mile (1.6 km) strait that connects San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The network links the U.S. city of San Francisco , California — the San Francisco Peninsula’s northern tip — to Marin County, holding all of the U.S. Route 101 across the Strait, along California State Route 1. The bridge is one of San Francisco , California and the US’s most internationally recognized symbols. It was originally conceived in 1917 by engineer Joseph Strauss. The American Society of Civil Engineers has named it one of the Wonders of the Modern World.

The only feasible short route between San Francisco and what is now Marin County was by boat across a stretch of San Francisco Bay, before the bridge was completed. A ferry service began as early as 1820, with a regular scheduled operation starting in the 1840s for water transportation to San Francisco.

 

9. Bixby Creek Bridge, California

The Bixby Creek Bridge, also known as the Bixby Canyon Bridge on California’s Big Sur coast, is one of California’s most photographed bridges due to its architectural style, “graceful architecture and beautiful atmosphere.” It is an open-spandrel, reinforced concrete arch bridge. The bridge is 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco and down State Route 1 to 13 miles (21 km) south of Carmel in Monterey County.

The Bixby Creek Bridge, also known as the Bixby Canyon Bridge on California’s Big Sur coast, is one of California’s most photographed bridges due to its architectural style, “graceful architecture and beautiful atmosphere.” It is an open-spandrel, reinforced concrete arch bridge. The bridge is 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco and down State Route 1 to 13 miles (21 km) south of Carmel in Monterey County.

8. George Washington Bridge, Fort Lee, New Jersey

The George Washington Bridge is a double-decked suspension bridge that spans the Hudson River, linking Manhattan Borough of New York City with Fort Lee Borough of New Jersey. The bridge takes its name from George Washington, the United States’ first president. The George Washington Bridge is the busiest motor vehicle bridge in the country, carrying more than 103 million cars a year in 2016. It is owned by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, a bi-state government agency that operates infrastructure in New York and New Jersey’s Port. The George Washington Bridge is 4,760 feet long (1,450 m) with a 3,500 feet (1,100 m) main span. At the time of its completion, it had the longest main bridge span in the world, and held that distinction until the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937.

7. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado

The Royal Gorge Bridge is a tourist attraction near Cañon City, Colorado inside Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, a 360-acre (150 ha) amusement park situated along the edge of the Royal Gorge at both ends of the bridge. The bridge spans the gorge 955 feet (291 m) above the Arkansas River and held the distinction of highest bridge in the world from 1929 until 2001 when it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China. The Royal Gorge Bridge held the title of the world’s highest suspension bridge until 2003 saw the construction of the Beipan River Guanxing Highway Bridge, also in China.

The bridge was constructed in six months, at a cost of $350,000 between June and November 1929. In 1931, to reach the bottom of the gorge, the Incline Railway, or simply the Incline (also known as a funicular), was added alongside the bridge. A miniature railroad was built by the gorge ‘s edge in the 1950s, and an aerial tram opened in 1969.

6. Ambassador Bridge 1929, Michigan

The heat-treated cable wires have been used in bridge construction. This was the age of a modern technology. The cables later changed for security. Construction costs exceed $23.5 million. The construction on the bridge finished on 11 November 1929. It became open to the public four days later.

The bridge ‘s initial name was the Bridge on the Detroit River. This ancient bridge still reflects healthy relations within the US and Canada. The bridge was at the time the Universe’s longest suspension style bridge. The crown was later taken by George Washington bridge in new york.

 5. The Francis Scott Key Bridge, Washington, D.C.

One of America’s oldest bridges is the Francis Scott Key Bridge also known as the American Bridge. This is a six-lane arch bridge that carries route 29 to the U.S. The bridge became open to the public in 1923. The bridge had replaced the region’s older Aqueduct Bridge.

In 1916 the existing bridge received its name. It is the Army Corps of Engineers that suggested the name to honor a neighborhood artist. The bridge’s south terminal is in the State of Virginia. The bridge brings people into George Town from Rosslyn. The passageways for pedestrians are on either side of the bridge. As a consequence it gives pedestrians protection.

4. Seven Mile Bridge 1909-1912, Florida

The Seven Mile Bridge is a bridge in Monroe County , Florida , United States, at the Florida Keys. It links Knight ‘s Key in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys (part of the city of Marathon, Florida). It is part of the Overseas Highway in the Keys, which is part of the 2,369-mile (3,813 km) US, among the longest bridges in existence when it was built. Drive 1.

Seven Mile Bridge is the critical stretch of the railway. The bridge suffered further damage from the hurricane. The U.S. government bought and rebuilt the bridge. The bridge holds room for the passage of ships and the use of cars. The need for a new bridge emerged because of the damage done by Hurricane Donna.

3. Brooklyn Bridge, New York

The Brooklyn Bridge is a New York City hybrid cable-stayed / suspension bridge that spans the East River between the Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs. The Brooklyn Bridge, opened on May 24, 1883, was the first fixed crossing across the East River. This was also the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time, with a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m) above mean high water and a deck height of 127 ft (38.7 m). The bridge was initially called the Bridge of New York and Brooklyn or the East River Bridge but was formally renamed the Bridge of Brooklyn in 1915.

This bridge is 5989 ft long, and 85 ft wide. In 1964, the bridge has a prestigious status as a Landmark of National History. In May 2008, the bridge celebrated its 125th anniversary. The bridge was used in the early days by horse-drawn vehicles and elevated rail lines. It is now open to car, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

2. The Smithfield Street Bridge, Pennsylvania

The bridge was designed by the architect Gustav Lindenthal who also designed New York City’s Hell Gate Bridge. Built between 1881 and 1883, the Smithfield Street Bridge opened for traffic on 19 March 1883. It was enlarged in 1889, and widened in 1911 again. The bridge has been named a National Historic Civic Architecture Landmark, a National Historic Landmark, and it has a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark Plaque.

It carries four road lanes, and two footpaths. The bridge was modified in the years 1889 and 1911. In 1915 replicas of cast steel were placed in place of portal iron. In 1933 a redesign replaced the steel floor of the bridge with aluminum beams and decking.

1. Frankford Avenue Bridge, Philadelphia

The Frankford Avenue Bridge, also known as the Pennypack Creek Bridge, the Pennypack Bridge, the Holmesburg Bridge, and the King’s Highway Bridge, is the oldest surviving roadway bridge in the United States, built in 1697 in the Holmesburg section of Northeast Philadelphia, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.

Built at William Penn ‘s request to connect his estate with Philadelphia’s new city, the bridge was an significant connection on the King’s Highway that linked Philadelphia to the north with towns. On 10 March 1683 the General Assembly of Pennsylvania passed a law requiring the building of bridges over all the rivers and creeks along the King’s Highway in Pennsylvania, from the Falls of the Delaware to the southernmost ports of Sussex County. The bridges, to be completed within 18 months, were to be ten feet wide and contain railings along each side. To allow horse and cart traffic the areas on either side of the bridges had to be cleared.