Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Facts about the Royal Gorge Bridge

The Royal Gorge Bridge looms 1,053 feet above the Arkansas River, making it the highest suspension bridge in the world. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad run under the Royal Gorge Bridge, along the banks of the Royal Gorge, which is a 10-mile canyon with a 50 feet wide base and a depth of almost 1200 feet.

The Royal Gorge Bridge is 880 feet high and 18 feet wide. It has a wooden walkway consisting of over 1000 planks. The Colorado Royal Gorge Bridge is suspended from towers that are 150 feet high. In November of 1929, the Royal Gorge Bridge was constructed as a one-lane toll bridge. The bridge is also listed on the Register of National Historic Places. The total cost to build the bridge was $350,000. The price tag to build it today would be roughly $15 million dollars.

Some other interesting facts about the bridge:

  • There are 2,100 strands of No. 9 galvanized wire in each cable.
  • The walkway is made of 1,292 planks of deck; about 250 are replaced annually.
  • The bridge will support in excess of two million pounds.
  • The bridge is suspended from towers that are 150 feet (46 m) high.
  • In October 2003, while performing a proximity demonstration, wingsuiter Dwain Weston was killed attempting to fly over the bridge.