The BrooklynBridge



The BrooklynBridge

The project was to construct a suspension bridge, which would connect Manhattan city and Brooklyn city over the expansive East river. The bridge would be one thousand five hundred and ninety five point five feet long, and its width would be eighty-five feet. The clearance below would be one hundred and thirty five feet. The project was required to provide cheaper, less consuming and safer transport between Manhattan and Brooklyn that would not be affected by the weather. The cost of the ferry was high, and during the winter, boats would get stuck in the ice. The cost of the project in today’s dollars taking into consideration the inflation would be approximately half a billion US dollars.

The benefits of this project are that the bridge facilitated cheap transport to the workers who used to pay high ferry prices when crossing over to Manhattan to work. The bridge ensured that the safety of the people was heightened since it was safer to use cars than ferries that were stuck in the ice during winter. The bridge made it possible for people to interact and learn new cultures from each other. It gave rise to new industries in Brooklyn due to the easy access through the bridge. Manhattan and Brooklyn merged into one city due to the BrooklynBridge, which gave rise to a new subway a few years later. Brooklyn developed greatly in terms of housing, tourism and elevating its town to higher standards. The negative effect was that people in Brooklyn gave up their city’s independence to merge with Manhattan city and form one city.

Through the new technology, the BrooklynBridge has been renovated to include an elevated wide walkway for pedestrians, which include cyclists and those on foot. This has in the past enabled people to cross over when alternative means of transport has been suspended or gone on strike, for example, during the September eleventh 2001 terrorist attack in New York. In addition, it attracts tourists who come all over the world to cross the bridge. New technology on lighting has made it possible for the BrooklynBridge to be flood lit during the night, which illuminates the architectural features of the bridge. The bridge has been renovated to contain automobile traffic of six lanes. This change came as a result of new technology that caused the streetcars to stop running and elevated trains to stop running in the two current center lanes.

The bridge greatly affected the people. First, it exposed them to the culture of the other city since they could easily travel to and fro, without being restricted by the weather. Secondly, it enabled them to expand their businesses since easier passage of cargo through out the year was accessible. Thirdly, the BrooklynBridge made it possible for people to seek jobs outside their city which they could not do before due to the expensive, time consuming and unsafe ferry transport. In addition, the ferry and boat transport was significantly affected by weather especially during the winter season. The bridge facilitated the migration of people to either city in search of better opportunities.

The role of the local government was to approve the construction of the BrooklynBridge, which was initiated by the then New York city’s boss William Tweed. The government funded the bridge with the money collected as tax at a cost of fifteen point five US million dollars then. The New York City department of transportation is the one that is mandated to rebuild the bridge when there is a renovation going on. It is the role of the local government to collect toll money on behalf of the state government, which is later used to improve the bridge. The state government funded the extensive rehabilitation of the bridge after the bridge was inspected and rated poor following the collapse of I-35W HighwayBridge in 2007.


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