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Steel Shots: Sunset Span
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM.

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The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge spans New York Harbor between the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn. The bridge was completed in 1964, and remains the longest span in North America. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a vital part of New York City’s transportation network, carrying 12 lanes of traffic. Photo and description by Alexius Tan

 

This photo of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, taken by Alexius Tan, a student at Polytechnic Institute of NYU, received an Honorable Mention in AISC’s 2012 SteelDay Student Photo Contest.

 

Opened in 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a double-decked suspension bridge that connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City at the Narrows, the reach connecting the relatively protected upper bay with the larger lower bay.

 

The bridge has a center span of 4,260 feet and was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its completion, until it was surpassed by the Humber Bridge in the United Kingdom in 1981. It now has the ninth longest main span in the world and is still the longest bridge span in North America.

 

If you want to learn more about the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the www.nycroads.com/crossings/verrazano-nar
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website provides a detailed historic overview and additional photos of this great steel suspension span.

 

You can view all winning photo entries from this year’s Student Photo Contest at www.aisc.org/StudentPhotoContest. We’ll be featuring them as Steel Shots on the MSC website throughout the fall.


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