National Geographic : 1916 Apr
Photograph byEdwin Levick WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD DO CITY BLOCKS APPEAR SO SHORT AND BRIDGES SO LONG? Five enormous steel bridges span the East River. Their combined cost was half as much as thePanama Canal. Three of them are suspended from cables the wires of which, if placed end to end, would more than twice girdle the earth. If placed side by side, these five great structures would provide a roadway as wide as the Washington Monument is high, and if placed end to end they would make agreat bridge over sixmiles long. Over the Brooklyn Bridge alone 125,000 surface cars travel every twenty-four hours, with other vehicular traffic inproportion. The new Hell Gate Arch Bridge, to be opened about January, 1917, will carry four tracks of the New York Connecting Railroad, facilitating the service of at least two great lines.