Tacoma Narrows Bridge History Website
Tacoma Narrows Bridge resources


The Bridge as a Connection

Why were the
bridges built?

The Bridge as Machine

How did they
build the bridges?

The Bridge as Art

Why do the bridges
look like they do?
  People of the Bridge
Who designed
the bridges?

A Tale of Three Bridges - 1950

"Sturdy Gertie" - This First Narrows Bridge

New bridge built on 1940 piers.

New bridge built on 1940 piers. Engineers faced two major challenges in building the second (current) bridge. First, they had to explain the failure of the 1940 bridge, and then design a new one to withstand the same fate. Next, they had to determine if remnants of the old bridge - the piers - could be used. The two main piers were undamaged and were used to support the second bridge with only minor modifications to the concrete pedestals.

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