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Figure 2 - Williamsburg Bridge

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Schematic and typical cross section of the Williamsburgh Bridge

Construction commenced - November 7, 1896
Construction of cables began - August 11, 1901
Opened to traffic - December 19, 1903
Total length - 7308 feet
Length of main span - 1600 feet
Length of each of the four cables - 2985 feet

Diameter of each cable 18-6/10 inches
Total number of wires in each cable - 7696
Total length of wire in the four cables - 17,404 miles
The clear height over river channel is 135 ft above mean high water
Height of steel towers 332 ft 9 in. above mean high water
Total weight of steel and iron in bridge & approaches - 47,800 tons

Cost of construction - $15,091,497.08
Cost of land - $9,096,583.67
Total cost - $24,188,090.75

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Contact

Earl Dubin
New York Division Office
518-431-4125 x229
E-mail Earl

 
 
Updated: 04/07/2011
 

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