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# Bridges. how much weight can the golden gate bridge hold? what is the function of the golden

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how much weight can the golden gate bridge hold?
what is the function of the golden gate bridge?

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1. Maira
Total length: Including approaches, 1.7 miles (8,981 feet or 2,737 m). Middle span: 4,200 feet (1,966 m). Width: 90 feet (27 m). Clearance above the high water (average): 220 feet (67 m). Total weight when built: 894,500 tons (811,500,000 kg). Total weight today: 887,000 tons (804,700,000 kg). Weight reduced because of new decking material. Towers: 746 feet (227 m) above the water. 500 feet (152 m) above the roadway. Each leg is 33 x 54 feet (10 x 16 m). Towers weigh 44,000 tons each (40,200,000 kg). There are about 600,000 rivets in EACH tower.

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Functions: Manifest function of the bridge: Make it easier and quicker to get from one side to the other. Prior to its construction in the 1930's, people had to take a ferry. Possible latent functions: 1. Create a recognizable symbol for the city of San Francisco that will attract tourists and encourage civic pride. 2. Provide work for people during the original construction and for continuing maintenance. It was built during a depression. 3. Allow politicians who were responsible for its construction to increase support for their reelections. 4. Reaffirm the power of the state.

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