Thursday, May 22, 2008

Happy 125th Birthday Brooklyn Bridge!

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Brooklyn Briii-idge, happy birthday to you!

You're the apple of my eye, here's to 125 more years.

Check out this weekend's free events celebrating the Brooklyn Bridge's bday here. If you've got roof access, there's fireworks all weekend.

The Brooklyn Bridge by the numbers:

Length of river span: 1595.5 feet
Total length of bridge: 5989 feet
Width of bridge floor: 85 feet
Suspension cables: four, each 15.75 inches in diameter and 3578.5 feet long, containing 5434 wires each, for a total length of 3515 miles of wire per cable
Foundation depth below high water, Brooklyn: 44 feet 6 inches
Foundation depth below high water, Manhattan: 78 feet 6 inches
Tower height above high water: 276 feet 6 inches
Roadway height above high water: 119 feet (at towers)
Total weight, not including masonry: 14,680 tons

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