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Golden Gate Bridge

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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world's manmade wonders. When it was built in 1937, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The bridge spans the Golden Gate, the opening from the Pacific Ocean into the San Francisco Bay. It supports six lanes of traffic from Highway US-101/CA-1, going between San Francisco and Marin County. Bridge toll is $5.00 per vehicle going to San Francisco ($4.00 with FasTrak pass) and free going to Marin. The bridge also has a path along the east side for pedestrians and bike riders, which is open daily from 5 AM to 9 PM.

Statistics

  • Maximum span : 4,200 feet (1,280 m)
  • Total Length: 8,981 feet (2,737 m)
  • Width: 90 feet (27 m)
  • Height: 746 feet (227 m)
  • Mean Clearance Below: 220 feet (67 m)
  • Vertical Clearance at Toll Gates: 14 feet (4.3 m)
  • Traffic: over 40 million vehicles per year
  • Maximum Wind Sustainable: 100 mph (160 km/h)
  • Maximum Tidal Flow Sustainable: 60 mph (97 km/h)

Suicides
The bridge is notorious for suicides. On the average, someone jumps off the bridge once every two weeks. So far, an estimated 1,300 people have made the fatal leap. (The exact count was reported until 1995 when the number approached 1,000). As of 2006, only 26 people are known to have survived the jump.

 
 
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