Monday, February 11, 2008

Grand Canyon Glass Bridge

The Glass Bridge Construction of the Skywalk began March of 2004 and is

estimated to be completed by 4th quarter of 2006.

 

Glass Bridge will be suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River on

the very edge of the Grand Canyon. On May 2005, the final test was

conducted and the structure passed engineering requirements by 400

percent, enabling it to withstand the weight of 71 fully loaded Boeing

747 airplanes (more that 71 million pounds).

 

The bridge will be able to sustain winds in excess of 100 miles per

hour from 8 different directions, as well as an 8.0 magnitude

earthquake within 50 miles. More than one million pounds of steel will

go into the construction of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

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