Transportation History

November 14, 1922

Construction began on a record-setting suspension bridge in Florianópolis, the capital city of the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. It was built to serve as the first fixed connection between the mainland part of Florianópolis and the city’s island of Santa Catarina.

The bridge was designed by the American firm of Robinson & Steinman. The firm had been formed only a year or two earlier when renowned civil engineers David B. Steinman and Holton D. Robinson agreed to work together on various bridge construction projects. The project in Florianópolis was one of their first joint efforts, and it helped establish their partnership as a highly productive and formidable one that would last until Robinson’s death in 1945. The bridge in Florianópolis was built by the Pennsylvania-based American Bridge Company, which had been founded in 1900. All of the materials used for constructing the bridge were…

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