NYC's Verrazzano Bridge Sings and Swings in 60-mph Winds
Anyone in Brooklyn or on Staten Island on Monday will have been graced with quite a sight. High winds caused the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge to shut due to some spectacular movement.
As the wild 60-mph (96.5 km/h) winds blew, the bridge heaved and emitted some loud groans. All 13,700 feet (4,176 meters) of it. Parts of New York City were literally rocking.
Videos have started emerging and show a breathtaking sight of the site.
The city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA, was forced to close the upper stage of the bridge for most of Monday, as the winds became too severe and dangerous. The lower level was shut for only 45 minutes.
Even though it's a little daunting watching such a large structure bend and move, this is precisely what they're built to do, assured an MTA spokesperson who spoke with the New York Post.
"Suspension bridges – particularly the longest span in North America – are engineered to be flexible and any movements on the bridge were within its safety standards," he said.
He continued, "The MTA’s weather event safety protocols were activated early and worked as designed with no structural damage, no major vehicular accidents and no injuries resulting from Monday’s high winds."
It doesn't appear like anyone was hurt or any structural damage happened. So, all in all, it's a great show of engineering feat. Watching such a big suspension bridge move in such a way is in fact quite something to behold.
Check it out in the video below: