Driving (Safely) Across the Tacoma Narrows in Gig Harbor, Washington
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is one of Tacoma and Gig Harbor’s claims to fame—or make that a claim to infamy. At the time of its first completion in 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge ranked as the third largest suspension bridge in the world. But the bridge swayed and swung slightly from the beginning, until a day of strong winds just four months after its opening caused it to undulate so violently that it cracked and crashed into the Puget Sound below. Nicknamed the Gallopin’ Gertie, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was redesigned, rebuilt, and reopened, and it has stood strong as a regional symbol ever since. Drive this stretch of historic roadway to travel between Tacoma and Gig Harbor, or gaze upon the architectural beauty from viewing points like those inside Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park.