Youngest East River bridge turns 100

October 4, 2009 2:16:23 PM PDT
The youngest of New York's four East River bridges is turning 100. The Manhattan Bridge marked the milestone with a huge celebration, complete with music, fireworks and a classic car parade.

The 1,470-foot span suspension bridge had been plagued with problems stemming from its design by Leon Moisseiff until it began undergoing rehabilitation in the 1980s.

Moisseiff's Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State used a similar designed and collapsed four months after it opened in 1940.

New York City Bridge Centennial Commission President Sam Schwartz says that the design of the bridge and lack of maintenance could have led to an engineering tragedy.

But he says that it has since been returned to good condition.

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