I recently had a conversation with a library staff member about the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, and that led to lots of questions (and answers) about bridges. So, here’s a chance to find out how much you know about these truly important and often spectacular structures.
1. This suspension bridge is the world’s longest at a total of 12, 828 feet. In what country is it located?
2. The Poplar Street Bridge is an example of what kind of bridge:
a. Arch bridge
b. Truss bridge
c. Girder bridge
d. Cantilever bridge
3. Most bridges were made of stone or wood until the mid-1800’s.
True or False
4. Consisting of two 24 mile long parallel bridges in southern Louisiana, this structure is the world’s longest overwater highway bridge. What is its name?
5. What color is the Golden Gate Bridge?
6. What is the title of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitizer Prize winning novel about a bridge that collapses in Peru?
1. The Akashi-Kaikyo Suspension Bridge is located in Japan. It spans the Akashi Strait between Kobe and Awaji Island. 2. The Poplar Street Bridge is a girder bridge. 3. False. Cast iron and wrought iron came into wide use in the late 1700’s. 4. The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. According to the Causeway’s website, over 42,000 cars cross the Causeway each weekday. 5. The Golden Gate Bridge has always been painted orange vermilion. One of the consulting architects selected the distinctive orange color because it blends well with the bridge’s natural setting and it provides enhanced visibility for passing ships. 6. The Bridge of San Luis Rey