The Golden Gate Bridge

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By: Lawrence Molinaro

One of the most famous bridges in the world, known as the Golden Gate Bridge is in San Francisco, crossing the Golden Gate strait. It was designed by Joseph Strauss. The initial construction began in 1933, and the bridge was completed 2.5 years later in 1935. Many workers in the area gave up being farmers and clerks to make more money as an iron worker. Divers were also needed to dive into the water and blow up the rock around the base. Millions of cubic feet of dirt needed to be removed to build the bridge. One issue in building the bridge was getting support financially and from the people who lived in the area. They thought it would hurt businesses by limiting transportation.

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This is civil engineering, the building of public bridges is an example of this type of engineering. The bridge had to be engineered to be built. A safety net was used to prevent deaths of workers while they were working on the bridge. Only 11 workers died during the construction of the bridge, and 19 more were saved by the net. The road on the bridge was completed in 1937 and was opened up to pedestrians and automobiles later that same year.