Penobscot Narrows Bridge
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Tue, 07/28/2015 - 18:50
Admire the View of the Tallest Public Bridge Observatory in the World
Penobscot Narrows Bridge is more than a mighty construction to connect two sides of land. It is a unique magnificent construction made world famous because of its observation tower. Penobscot Narrows Observatory is the first bridge observation tower in the United States of America and the tallest public bridge observatory in the world. If you still do not consider it unique, learn that it is one of the only bridges in the world where this distinctive element is present. Because of its engineering innovation, Penobscot Narrows Bridge was chosen “one of the best 100 innovations of the year” by Popular Science magazine.
Penobscot Narrows Bridge with its highly appreciated observatory stretches over the Penobscot River, near the town called Bucksport, in Maine, USA. The 646 meters long and 136 meters wide bridge has been built as an emergency replacement for the Waldo-Hancock Bridge. The cable-stayed construction was designed with a new and improved system which uses pressurized nitrogen gas to protect and defend against corrosion.
Opened on the 30th of December 2006, this architectural wonder needed 42 months for its metamorphosis to be complete. Penobscot Narrows Bridge incorporates the granite theme, not only for the aesthetical aspect but also because this material has a great significance for the local economy. It is the first fort in the state to be built of granite instead of wood.
The Penobscot Bridge Observatory is the highest observation tower in the world and it opened to the public on May 19th, 2007. The elevation system takes you up 128 meters into the air; the splendid panorama incorporates the view of the bridge, the Penobscot River and its bay and also the nearby Fort Knox State Historic Site. The Penobscot Bridge Observatory has a capacity of 49 people and it is important to know that it has no heat or air conditioning. In order to get to the top, remember to wear a coat on a cool day, do not carry large bags, eating, drinking and smoking up the tower are not allowed.
The observatory is open from May 1st to October 31st, from 9:00 AM to 17:00 PM, even 18:00 PM during July and August.
Admiring the view and the 41 meters clearance below the observatory will not only make you feel that you are on top of the world. You will be able to learn the history of the location you are in, find out about the role of the bridge in the protection of the Penobscot River Valley against the British naval incursions.
Penobscot Narrows Bridge and its high tower observatory will give you a feeling of supreme. Constructed initially to replace a ruin of the past, Penobscot Narrows Bridge transformed into one of the most beautiful engineering innovations in the country and became famous all over the world.