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1963: The World’s Longest Floating Bridge is Located near the House of Bill Gates

1963: The World’s Longest Floating Bridge is Located near the House of Bill Gates
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/Photo of the south side of the bridge in 2015, with construction visible in the background

Story Highlights

  • Historical event
  • 28 August 1963
  • The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge is about 4,750 meters long, and its 2,310 meters floating section is the longest floating bridge in the world. Gates’ house is located about a kilometer away from this bridge.

On this day in 1963, the world’s longest floating bridge was opened – the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge in the U.S. state of Washington.

The bridge connects the areas of two cities – Seattle and Medina. It is interesting to note that Gates’ house, the large residential complex which allegedly covers an area of over 6,000 square meters, is located in Medina.

In fact, his house is located only about a kilometer away from the mentioned bridge. The Microsoft World Headquarters are located in Redmond, and the mentioned bridge connects, for example, Redmond and the nearby Seattle.

The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge is about 4,750 meters long, and its 2,310 meters floating section is the longest floating bridge in the world.

It is interesting to note that there are sections on either side which can be elevated so smaller vessels can pass under the bridge.

The bridge was built in 1963, and has been known as “Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge-Evergreen Point” since 1988.

It was named after the Governor Albert D. Rosellini, who advocated its construction. Interestingly, Albert D. Rosellini was the first Roman Catholic who served as the Governor of the State of Washington.

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