Bridge to Coronado
This is the last of the San Diego Convention Center series. This one opens up the view showing some moored sailboats and in the distance, the magnificent Coronado Bridge. This bridge will be the subject of a new series shortly!
The 11,179-foot-long (3,407 m or 2.1 mi) bridge ascends from Coronado at a 4.67 percent grade before curving 80 degrees toward San Diego. The span reaches a maximum height of 200 feet (61m), allowing the US Navy ships which operate out of the nearby Naval Station San Diego to pass underneath it. The five-lane bridge featured the longest box girder in the world until it was surpassed by a bridge in Chongqing, Chine in 2008. The bridge doesn’t form a direct path to Coronado, but rather has a curve. This was done so it would be high enough for all U.S. Navy ships to pass underneath but not too steep for vehicles to ascend and descend. www.kerstenbeck.com