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Water is a major part of Michigan's geography. In fact, 40.000 square miles of Michigan's land area of 97.000 square miles is water. And we also rank number 2, after Alaska, in length of coastline. So bridges are an important part of our transportation. Especially this one.

It is one of three overburdened crossings between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. A rail tunnel from 1909 and an auto tunnel from 1930 are the other two crossings. A first tunnel was never finished in 1872.

On July 20, 1927 a construction contract was signed to begin work on the longest suspension bridge in the world. They had until August 16, 1930 to finish the bridge. During construction several wires in the main cable made in a new technique broke and all new wires had to be strung. Despite this it was still ready for traffic by November 11, 1929.

At first it went into default but eventually rose out. With its connection to the interstate system through I-75, I-94 and I-96 it has become the single busiest international crossing in North America.

Ideas for a much needed second bridge have been on the boards for some time but something always stops it.

Even though the far shore seen here is the United States I put this in Canada since that is where I was standing, this is the Canadian half of the bridge and my Canadian photos are very under-represented on TE. And some loose ice can be seen in the river.

Facts

Is the second longest bridge in Michigan after the graceful 5 mile long Mackinac Bridge

Total Length: 7490 feet (Main Span: 1850 feet)
Deck width: 47 feet
Amount of steel in deck: 21.000 tons
Height of Towers above water: 386 feet
Clearance at mid-span: 152 feet

Automobile crossings in 1997: 8 million
Truck crossings in 1997: 2.5 million
Trade crossing the bridge in 1997: 120 billion dollars US
Total trade between Canada and the US in 1997: 400 billion dollars US

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