The Brooklyn Bridge is almost the oldest suspension bridge from United States. It connects New York City to Manhattan and Brooklyn (on Long Island) crossing over the East River and has a total length of 5,989 feet (around 1825 meters).
When Brooklyn Bridge was done, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world and the first bridge to connect to Long Island. Until this structure, no one built a steel-wire suspension bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge construction began in 1869 and was opened fourteen years later, in 1883. It held the longest suspension bridge in the world title until 1903.
John Augustus Roebling, a German immigrant was the man who initially designed the bridge, but after a sever injury which let him firstly without a leg and then killed him, his 32-years-old son (Washington Roebling) continued his father work.
But the curse didn’t stop here. One year after the construction began, Washington Roebling got a infection which affected many other workers from there, named initially “caisson diseases” (because it happened to those workers who worked with caissons). The infection left Roebling paralyzed. From this point, his wife become a link between his paralyzed husband and engineers on site. 13 years later, the bridge was finally done.
On the inauguration, 150.000 people and almost 2000 cars/vehicles crossed the bridge. First one was Emily Warren Roebling (Washington’s wife).
The Brooklyn Bridge – Numbers and records
First steel-wire suspension bridge in the world;
Longest suspension bridge between 1883 and 1903;
Total length: 5,989 feet (1825 m)
Width: 85 feet (26 m)
Longest span: 1,595 feet 6 inches (486.3 m)
Clearance below: 135 feet (41 m) at mid-span
Opened: May 24, 1883; 128 years ago
Toll Free both ways
Daily traffic: 123,781 (2008 estimation)