BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 187

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Our 187th Pic of the Week features our second bridge in New York City in three days. After looking at the Queensboro Bridge, we have a gorgeous night photo taken up close and personal of the Bronx Whitestone Bridge. While taking night photos can be a chore, Jordan at Worthy NYC caught one just as dusk was kicking in, with bright shining lighting and all. A photo that is worth silver and gold at the same time.

Looking at the history of the bridge, this suspension bridge spans the East River between the boroughs of the Bronx (specifically, Throgs Neck and Ferry Point Park) and Queens (Whitestone neighborhood), and carries Interstate Highway 678 connecting Cross Island Parkway and Bruckner Interchange with Interstates 95 and 278. The bridge was one of several that were designed by Swiss Engineer Othmar H. Ammann (the Bridgehunter Awards was once named the Ammann Awards until its change to the current name in 2018). He designed the bridge in 1935 and received approval by NYC Mayor  Fiorello H. La Guardia and State Governor Herbert H. Lehman to build it in 1936. American Bridge Company constructed the suspension bridge, with the crossing opening in 1939, right in time for the World Expo. It has received several repairs over the years, most notably a set of cable stays per tower and trusses for the decking in 1947 upon orders of Robert Moses. This was done in response to the collapse of the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge (Galloping Gertie) in November 1940. The bridge is still in service to this day.

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