A Greater Appreciation For Major Metropolitan Bridges

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge has now been standing for fifty years, connecting Staten Island with the rest of the NY Metropolitan area. In that time, it’s become pretty easy to take for granted its structure and all the engineering and components that have gone into it.

When you break down this familiar bridge into just a few facts, you can appreciate all the parts that come together and connect one end to the other.   

“Each tower contains 10,000 steel boxes bonded by 3 million rivets and 1 million bolts. Together, they contain as much steel as the Empire State Building.”


Looking over the structure and history behind the bridge, there’s a lot of talk about what its future will consist of. From never-ending construction to a proposed pedestrian and cyclist path, what will the next fifty years look like for the Verrazano? 

2 thoughts on “A Greater Appreciation For Major Metropolitan Bridges

  1. To retro fit any bridge with an underneath walk path it no small undertaking, much less the old Brooklyn bridge. It’s a nice thought and I have no doubt that the local residents wouldn’t love that. Making it easier for people to get in and out of the borough on foot is a great convenience. It’s also good for tourists. I hope they manage to work out the finances and the structural challenges associated with this proposition.

  2. When my husband and I drive a semi cross country we saw a lot of bridges and we crossed even more than that and it really makes you start to wonder what it would have been like if we never put them up, and how much weight can a bridge hold etc. You have a great post here and the video was very entertaining I like the bridge in the back ground.

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