Design and Specifications
The design of the Golden Gate Bridge consists of two main towers at the center. The weight of the entire bridge is supported by two cables that run parallel to each other on either side, passing through the two towers and fixed to the concrete structures at each end. The cables used in the bridge consist of 80,000 miles of wire and 27572 strands.
Though the Golden Gate Bridge appears red in color its original color is an orange vermillion. The Bridge was painted with red lead primer initially and was then applied with a lead based coating. Later on in early nineties, the bridge was top coated with Acrylic paint.
Also, as far as aesthetics are concerned, the Golden Gate Bridge is regarded as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. It is also one of the most photographed bridges in the world. With recent advances in technology, the bridge was retrofitted with earthquake resistant mechanisms, which would allow it to resist seismic activities.
Today, the Golden Gate Bridge stands as a prominent American Landmark, an example of surperb technology, and a valuable mode of transportation to the thousands of vehicles that drive on it every day.