The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a pair of twin suspension bridges that span the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound in Pierce County, Washington. The bridges connect the city of Tacoma with the Kitsap Peninsula and carry State Route 16 (known as Primary State Highway 14 until 1964) over the strait. Historically, the name "Tacoma Narrows Bridge" has applied to the original bridge nicknamed "Galloping Gertie", which opened in July 1940, but collapsed because of aeroelastic flutter four months later, as well as the replacement of the original bridge which opened in 1950 and still stands today as the westbound lanes of the present-day twin bridge complex.
The original Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened on July 1, 1940. It received its nickname "Galloping Gertie" because of the vertical movement of the deck observed by construction workers during windy conditions. The bridge became known for its pitching deck, and collapsed into Puget Sound the morning of November 7, 1940, under high wind conditions. Engineering issues as well as the United States' involvement in World War II postponed plans to replace the bridge for several years; the replacement bridge was opened on October 14, 1950.
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If you have been to Mackinaw bridge in Michigan the Tacoma Narrows is it’s twin. Not as long but almost as high. Gorgeous views of the Tacoma Narrows. I’m afraid of bridges but love this bridge. You.... more »
This is a Must See if visiting Tacoma. It does have a $6.00 toll however. There is really not much to do once you get across except turn around and come back. But it is worth the toll if you have..... more »
It's always kind of spooky going underneath of it in the boat! Always in my mind that someone might jump and land on the boat. The architecture is very unique and always part of the Puget Sound Scenic area. Haven't driven over the green bridge in years, I have never been over the new concrete bridge.
The views from the bridge are gorgeous, and I spot a seal or other wildlife on occasion. However, traffic is very loud and there is little coverage from the sun. So, come prepared and enjoy the scenery. 😁
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