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Saturday, February 14, 2009

WEEKENDS SNAPSHOTS

This is the George Washington Bridge. You can find this bridge between the border of New Jersey and New York. Aside from that, for me it is a mark that a long drive of over 11 hours from Michigan to New York is over. Our last trip was February 12, before Valentines day. On this trip it is quite different because when we reached the bridge as you can see in the picture, there is a build up of traffic, so I got my camera and took some pictures. After many times of going back and forth from Michigan to New York, I always tried to take a picture, fortunately this time I had the chance. This is the history of the Bridge....
Groundbreaking for the new bridge began in October 1927, a project of the Port of New York Authority. Its chief engineer was Othmar Ammann, with Cass Gilbert as architect. The bridge was dedicated on October 24, 1931, and opened to traffic the following day. Initially named the "Hudson River Bridge," the bridge is named in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The Bridge is near the sites of Fort Washington (on the New York side) and Fort Lee (in New Jersey), which were fortified positions used by General Washington and his American forces in his unsuccessful attempt to deter the British occupation of New York City in 1776 during the American Revolutionary War. Washington evacuated Manhattan by crossing between the two forts. In 1910 the Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected a stone monument to the Battle of Fort Washington. The monument is located about 100 yards (91 m) northeast of the Little Red Lighthouse, up the hill towards the eastern bridge anchorage.When it opened, the bridge had the longest main span in the world; at 1,067 m (3,500 ft), it nearly doubled the previous record of 564 m (1,850 ft), which had been held by the Ambassador Bridge. (The record has since been exceeded numerous times.) The total length of the bridge is 1,451 m (4,760 ft). As originally built, the bridge offered six lanes of traffic, but in 1946, two additional lanes were provided on what is now the upper level. A second, lower deck, which had been anticipated in Ammann's original plans, was added, opening to the public on August 29, 1962. This lower level has been waggishly nicknamed "Martha."[8] The additional deck increased the capacity of the bridge by 75 percent, making the George Washington Bridge the world's only 14-lane suspension bridge, providing eight lanes on the upper level and six on the lower deck. The original design for the towers of the bridge called for them to be encased in concrete and granite. However, due to cost considerations during the Great Depression and favorable aesthetic critiques of the bare steel towers, this was never done. The exposed steel towers, with their distinctive criss-crossed bracing, have become one of the bridge's most identifiable characteristics. Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) said of the unadorned steel structure: The George Washington Bridge over the Hudson is the most beautiful bridge in the world. Made of cables and steel beams, it gleams in the sky like a reversed arch. It is blessed. It is the only seat of grace in the disordered city. It is painted an aluminum color and, between water and sky, you see nothing but the bent cord supported by two steel towers. When your car moves up the ramp the two towers rise so high that it brings you happiness; their structure is so pure, so resolute, so regular that here, finally, steel architecture seems to laugh. The car reaches an unexpectedly wide apron; the second tower is very far away; innumerable vertical cables, gleaming against the sky, are suspended from the magisterial curve which swings down and then up. The rose-colored towers of New York appear, a vision whose harshness is mitigated by distance." (When the Cathedrals were White, 1947.)


6 comments:

payatot said...

ok na post mo ngayon, kahit paano mahaba na sya at di mo na masasabi na kinulang ka sa ingles..ehehehe

ok ha, isipin mo may trapik din pala dyan sa mga lugar na ganyan ano..trivia na rin at the same time..may nalaman na naman akong mahalaga at mapapakinabangan sa history ng amerika..

Beth in NC said...

We went over a very similar bridge a few months ago. I wanted to hide in the foot board. I don't love bridges (ha), but they are amazing.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Hi Sis Jacky. I dropped an EC here.
Ako na naman hingi tutorial. Paano mo ba ginawa ang Disclosure Policy mo para umikli? I need that eh... :)
Thanks in advance.

fidelity said...

was here today, just checking up with latest updates...hope you visit me back...thanks

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Hi! I'm Grace said...

Hi Sis Jacky, mukhang busy ka na naman ah, or out of town ba kayo?

Ask Ms Recipe said...

I love your pic, the only problem is I am scared to death of bridges,I would be like Beth and be in the floor board. haha

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