Tidbits #15 – Happy 75th Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!

Growing up in the East Bay area of Northern California, I cannot remember how many times I’ve crossed the bridges that connect the West and the East Bay.  But my favorite of all time is the iconic Golden Gate Bridge that connects San Francisco with the Sausalito / Tiburon area.  Aside from being a beautiful piece of architecture with its “International Orange” color, it was the first suspension bridge ever built, and a marvel of modern technology at the time.  Given all the elements the Pacific Ocean can punish the bridge with day in and day out, her maintenance crew constantly repaints the bridge from one end to the other – a time consuming process that takes 2 years to complete.  But that’s nothing like what they’re planning to ring in the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th birthday: Its crew, for the first time ever, is going to clean, reseal and repaint the full lengths of the two main cables, a process that will take 6 years or so to complete…   Here are a few other stats you may find interesting about the GGB:

  • 7,650 feet – length of each of 2 main cables
  • 27,572 – number of steel wires in each cable
  • 250 – number of vertical suspender cables
  • 24,500 tons – total weight of main and suspender cables

“Happy Birthday” indeed to one of our great national treasures!

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About Richard Lee
Experienced finance and operations professional. Currently partner in five companies, adjunct professor of economics at Columbia College and executive contributor to a small business blog (www.SMBmatters.com); following corporate finance, M&A and management consulting tenures with Orbitz and Diamond Technology Partners; and six years of service with the United States Army.

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