Thursday, February 15, 2018

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York, NY Anchorages

(Bridge Hunter, HAERSatellite (194+ photos))

When the second deck was completed in 1964, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 4,260 feet and carried 12 lanes of traffic. It beat the Golden Gate Bridge by 60 feet. It lost its "worlds longest" title in 1981 to the 7,280' Humber Bridge. A 25-year reconstruction plan was started in 2014. [Wikipedia]

NY,24-BROK,57--3 from ny1803
3. VIEW OF VERRAZANO-NARROWS BRIDGE LOOKING NORTHWEST WITH MANHATTAN IN BACKGROUND - Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Spanning Narrows between Fort Hamilton (Brooklyn) & Fort Washington (Staten Island), Brooklyn, Kings County, NY
The Facebook posting below of the construction of an anchorage for the bridge is what motivated this blog posting. It is not unusual to see photos of the towers being built, the cables being spun, and the deck being hung; but it is unusual to see photos of the anchorage. Note that the HAER photo collection includes several photos of anchorage details.

Scott McDonald shared
Verrazano Narrows Bridge 1963
[Manitowoc crane] 3900
Matthew Kevin Foley That anchor makes the 3900 look like a toy
Bridges Now and Then posting
The Verrazano Narrows Bridge at an anchorage, 1963.(© Magnum Photos, Inc./Bruce Davidson)

Dave Frieder commented on a posting
25% of the wires and all of the suspenders were made by John A.Roebling's Sons Inc. Here is a view I took of the completed Brooklyn Anchorage.
Update: an unusual view of the bridge:
Rolly Errol posted
Be careful out there! Look what happened on the VARRAZANO BRIDGE.

Mike Brady posted two photos with the comment: "verrazzano-narrows bridge tower top being shop fitted.Each tower weighs 27,000 tons and is held together with three million rivets and one million bolts. love those bridges."


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