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 - 2007

The New Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Bridge-building in swift currents.

Bridge-building in swift currents. The apparent whitewater rapids shown here are actually water churning from tidal currents in the Narrows channel. During the construction of bridge foundations, called caissons, the currents reached up to 7.4 knots, creating unique marine challenges to the designers and builders. Summer 2003

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