Tacoma Narrows Bridge

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When the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened on July 1, 1940, the bridge was in use for 130 days before it collapsed due to faulty engineering and high winds. A decade later, following World War II, the second Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened, and it is still in use today. However, due to a population increase over the bridge’s 57 years of use, an additional bridge was opened in 2007 to alleviate increasingly high traffic. The completion of the third bridge allowed vehicle speed to increase from less than 25 miles per hour to the present speed of 60 miles per hour during commuting times. Today, the original bridge opened in 1940 is still submerged in Puget Sound but was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
ISBN: 9781467106276
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 158
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Donald R. Tjossem has driven across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge countless times in the more than 50 years he has lived in the Puget Sound region. He is a member of the Washington State Historical Society and the Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission. For Images of America: Tacoma Narrows Bridge, he has gathered photographs from the Washington State Department of Transportation, Tacoma Public Library, Washington State Historical Society, and the Library of Congress.
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