The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States of America, extending over the East River with a length of 5,989 feet (1825 meters) to connect the regions of Manhattan and Brooklyn to New York City. New York City’s five counties.
It extends across the East River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean, with a length of 1,825 meters and upon completion it was the largest suspension bridge in the world and the first bridge in the world using steel ropes.
In 1964, it was included on the US National Historic Landmarks list. The bridge, designed by German engineer John August Roebling, is currently used only for passenger cars and pedestrians, having carried trains until 1944 and trams until 1950.
It is ironic that engineer Roebling had an accident in his foot while conducting the necessary survey of the bridge site in 1869, which necessitated the amputation of his leg, but he died 24 days after the accident of tetanus. year 1883.
In 1867, German-American engineer John Roebling began working on his idea to link the banks of Manhattan and Brooklyn across the East River, in New York City.
The distance to be crossed was almost two kilometers in length, and there were no techniques available at that time to build bridges sufficient to cross such a distance, which made John mockery and ridicule from engineers, journalists and others, who considered this idea to be impossible.
John was passionate about building bridges, and he pioneered the use of steel ropes in the construction of bridges and bridges, and had previously built many of them in America, before he began planning to build what is known today as the Brooklyn Bridge.
The engineering challenge was great, pushing the limits of the technologies known to humans in this time period to an end, but the idea managed to John to such a great extent that he did not find from his fellow engineers who share his passion to achieve this dream, until he was able to convince his eldest son ((Washington)) With the idea, especially after they had previously worked together on bridge building projects in other US states.
The father and son worked on conducting preliminary studies, such as measurements, surveys, etc. Then they hired a construction team to start work officially in January 1890.
A year later, while John was working on the bridge construction site, his toes got stuck under a heavy object that had to be amputated, but the amputation was not enough and the wound was contaminated and John died less than a month later.
The son Washington then decided to continue the march to achieve his father’s dream, but it was only a few months until he too had an accident while diving in the waters of the river, which made him paralyzed and bedridden, with a brain injury that prevented him from speaking or moving.
Then his wife Emily intervened to be his nurse and doctor, and the link between him and the world, as her husband could only move one of his fingers and his wife understood his purpose through this finger.
In order to achieve the dream of Brooklyn – and under the supervision of her husband – the wife learned advanced mathematics and the arts of engineering and building bridges, and began implementing the necessary steps to complete the construction of the bridge, and together they solved many problems and diving to a great depth to build the bridge holder, and the work continued after 11 years until the bridge was opened for use and crossing it, Pedestrians, cars and trains, specifically on May 24, 1883.
The opening was attended by the American President, the Mayor of New York, the Mayor of Brooklyn and thousands of people, and the first to cross the bridge to the other side was the wife Emily, and the total cost was 15 million dollars and 27 deaths due to excavation and construction work.
At the time of its opening, the Brooklyn Bridge stood as the longest bridge in the world, and the longest suspension bridge on steel ropes.
One of the divine graces in this story is that when the son took over the project, he made modifications and additions to his father’s designs, which contributed to the bridge’s success and steadfastness all this time until now.
Research has found that the Brooklyn Bridge is six times stronger than it should be, the most important thing that has helped keep this dream alive, while many bridges have been retired and demolished.
Over the course of many decades, this bridge has contributed to solving many of the problems of New Yorkers and has greatly improved their lives.