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
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Watercolors

A suspension bridge represents the pinnacle of bridge technology. This structure is as much an engineering marvel as it as a work of art.

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A Year in the Life of the Bridge - 2002-2003    
Watercolors  
Milestones  
     
 
  Romancing the Bridge
Michael Holland, 12

A Year in the Life of the Bridge - 2002-2003

Bird's Eye
Maegan Jackson, 12
Sun-Kissed Bridge
Amanda Spadoni, 11
Caisson: That's French For Box
Michael Petrich, 12
'Narrows Green'
Matthew Gardner, 11
Misty Bridge
Alec Mobus, 11

Bridges are truly ubiquitous - a part of everyday life. A span, such as our Narrows Bridge, provides crossing from one piece of land to another. A bridge spans obstacles - rivers, valleys, or, in our case, the Puget Sound

A suspension bridge represents the pinnacle of bridge technology. This structure is as much an engineering marvel as it as a work of art. Long, spare, streamlined and elegant. These are just some of the words used to describe this type of bridge. The watercolor exhibit below is a collaborative effort between students and staff at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Gig Harbor and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Project.

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

In creating their paintings, sixth-grade students used color photos of the construction site as their inspiration. Like the photos themselves, each painting represents one day, one moment, and one view of the 1950 bridge and the construction taking place on land and in the water.

Milestones

Just slightly more than a year into the project, bridge builders have reached major milestones: construction of the bridge foundations (caissons); east and west caissons have reached the bottom of the Narrows and the tower building has begun; the excavation of both anchorages is complete; and critical roadway improvements on State Route 16 between Jackson Avenue NW and 36th Street NW have taken place. The third Narrows Bridge - yet to be named - is scheduled for completion in early 2007.

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