Bridges have been not only very necessary infrastructure for the development of human civilization, they have also had an important philosophical component , because they bind people, they are connecting roads that we want to imitate and promote in our daily relationships. That is why we start with this instalment, a series we hope will please our readers.
We intend to give an overview of the most amazing bridges in the world , or those who have something interesting to say . Surely we could mention by name dozens of them , but do we know their history, why were they built , or the most remarkable details of their architecture?
The Brooklyn Bridge is perhaps one of the best known pieces of the city of New York. Built between 1870 and 1883 it was intended to be an infrastructure that would connect the district of Manhattan with the Brooklyn District . It is located in the middle of the East River and brings a daily traffic of 145,000 vehicles although it is restricted in height to 3.40 meters.
These are certainly surprising data. Although there are some more details that you will love to know about. For example , did you know that it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at its time and it took years to be exceeded only by another bridge , in this case a British one? It was also the first one to be suspended by steel cables , although these were of inferior quality to those originally chosen .
Another aspect is that this is a bridge marked by tragedy . During the work , the engineer Roebling, owner of the firm that conducted the project and directed the construction severely fractured a foot and a few weeks later he died of tetanus. His son , who succeeded him in the work, suffered an illness caused by his work in the caissons, so the work ended up being directed by his wife, who was a link between her husband and managers . In fact this woman named Emily was the first person to cross the bridge. 27 people died during the construction.
Undoubtedly, these are small details that make us enjoy even more when we contemplate it, either when we go to New York to visit it, or because we see it in films and television series .