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The San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge

The San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge


The opening of America’s World’s Fair on the Pacific has aroused the interest of the public in the statistics of the famous San Francisco Bay Bridge. Herewith we give some of the outstanding figures on the size, cost, and facilities of the bridge:

Total length 8 1/4 miles
Length over water 41/2 miles
Width 66 feet
Longest single span  2,310 feet
Height of towers  474 to 519 feet
Deepest pier 235 feet average
Largest pier 92 x 197 feet
Number of piers 51
Vehicle facilities  cars and trains
Steel used 200,000 tons
Cable wire weight  18,500 tons
Cable wire length 70,815 miles
Size of cables  28 3/4 inches
Number of wires 17,464 strands
Concrete 1,000,000 yards3
Tension in one cable 40,000,000 lbs
Pull at anchorage 80,000,000 lbs
Paint 200,000 gallons
Excavation 6,038,000 yards3
Man hours 54,850,000
Annual automobile capacity 24,000,000
Annual truck capacity 6,000,000
Annual train passengers 50,000,000
Travel lanes 9, plus two tracks
Work started July 9, 1933
Total cost $77,200,000

Seventy-Seven Million Dollars seems a tremendous amount of money to spend for a bridge! But, in due time the bridge will pay for itself, for the millions of people who wish to use it will pay the required fare and toll. The saving of time to the public justifies the expenditure of the money for a bridge spanning the Bay, between San Francisco and Oakland.

There is a “Bridge” which spans the great distance between a thrice-holy God and sinful man – the cost of which cannot be estimated in dollars and cents! The cost of this Bridge must be spoken of in terms of Life and Death – not material wealth – for it cost the Lord Jesus Christ the laying down of His life. He paid the price most willingly. He said: “Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” John 10:17,18.

The work of the Cross of the Lord Jesus has often been appropriately pictured as a Bridge between Earth and Heaven – between the City of Destruction and the Celestial City. It is the only Bridge spanning the awful distance between eternal woe and weal! And the surprising thing in connection with this Bridge is, it is accessible to all and free to all. There is no fare to be paid and no toll is charged.

And its facilities are such as to support all. “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17.

The pity of it is that all will not trust themselves to this Bridge. Some persons vainly imagine that their own works will serve as a bridge on which they can pass from Death unto Life – but the Word says salvation is “not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:9.

The Word makes it plain that there is “none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. The Lord Jesus Himself said: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6.

This bridge was completed when the Lord Jesus cried: “It is finished.” John 19:30. A numberless throng have safely crossed over the Bridge and are swelling redemption’s song: “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.” Revelation 1:5.

Another countless throng are on the Bridge now, and individually they can sing: “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand!”

And there is still room for millions more, for the Saviour is still pleading: “Come unto Me.”

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