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General Information

Beginning of works: 5 January 1933
Completion: 27 May 1937
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: Suspension bridge
Support conditions:
Secondary structure(s): Structurae Plus
Function / usage: Motorway bridge / freeway bridge
Material: Steel bridge
Structurae Plus

Awards and Distinctions

2007 award winner  
1984
1937 First Place  

Location

Location: , , ,
Crosses:
  • Golden Gate (San Francisco Bay)
Coordinates: 37° 48' 50" N    122° 28' 40" W
Coordinates: 37° 49' 32" N    122° 28' 45" W
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Technical Information

Dimensions

main span 1 280.2 m
length of side spans 343 m
total length 2 737.1 m
vertical navigation clearance 67.1 m
cables number of cables 2
strands per cable 92
wires per strand 27 572
deck deck depth 7.6 m
deck width 27 m
pylons height 227.4 m

Materials

cables steel
pylons steel
deck truss steel

Chronology

27 May 1937

The bridge opens to pedestrian traffic for the first time.

28 May 1937

The bridge is officially opened to vehicular traffic. President Franklin D. Roosevelt presses a telegraph key in the White House to announce the even to the world. At that moment, every fire siren in San Francisco sounds, along with church bells, ship whistles and fog horns.

1954 — 1955

Addition of Lower Lateral System.

November 1972
— May 1976

Suspender cable replacement.

1981 — 1982

Seismic retrofit.

November 1983
— August 1985

Roadway deck and sidewalk replacement.

Participants

Initial construction (1933-1937)
Architecture
Consulting engineers
Steel construction
Cable steel supplier
Lower lateral system addition (1954-1955)
Engineering
Seismic retrofit (2001-2005)
Consulting engineers
Contractor
Co-contractor
Prestressing
Suspender replacement, seismic retrofit & deck replacement (1981-1985)
Consulting engineers
Contractor
Cable steel supplier

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  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
    20000029
  • Published on:
    28/10/1998
  • Last updated on:
    06/03/2022