Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Tacoma, Washington

Hwy 16 W of Hwy I-5; view from Point Defiance Park, Bridges Viewpoint

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is the pair of twin suspension bridges that connect drivers from Tacoma via Highway 16 to the Kitsap Peninsula and then on the Olympic Peninsula. It crosses the Tacoma Narrows, the segment of Puget Sound that connects to the south sound and Olympia. It's visible from the west side of Tacoma. You're not likely to actually visit it unless you're taking Highway 16 someplace.

The bridge does have an interesting history. The original Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened in July 1940. But it was given the nickname Galloping Gertie because of how much the deck moved even during construction. Just four months later during one of the states November windstorms, the movement was too much, and the bridge collapsed into the water.

Because of World War II, a replacement bridge wasn't completed until 1950. The second span is a pretty recent addition, opening in July 2007.

The two bridges are tied as the 5th longest suspension bridges in the US.


tacoma narrows bridge

Tacoma Narrows Bridge (T15A0215)


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