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Brooklyn Man Fought to Fix Bridge Spelling

Friday, November 9, 2018

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Earlier this month, a Brooklyn man was honored for pushing for the correction of the spelling on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, which has been painted with one “z” instead of the correct two.

Robert Nash, of Dyker Heights, was given a copy of the legislation, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his honoring last weekend. The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, a suspension span opened in 1964, connects Staten Island and Brooklyn.

Catching Some “Zs”

According to ABC 7, the bridge is named after Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who is credited for discovering the New York Harbor in 1524. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be making the fix as bridge signage is gradually replaced over time. MTA spokesperson John Weinstein told AM New York that 96 signs will be changed “under a normal schedule of maintenance” over the next several years.

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The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge was the world's longest suspension span at the time of its opening.

As for other homages to the explorer, a statue of Verrazzano located in lower Manhattan has both “zs,” as does a bridge that runs over Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge was the world's longest suspension span at the time of its opening. In terms of design, there is a 1-and-5/8-inch difference between the tops and bases of the structure’s 693-foot-tall towers, to account for the curvature of the earth. Held together with 3 million rivets and 1 million bolts, each tower weighs 27,000 tons. Due to seasonal heating and cooling of the steel cables, the double-decked roadway is 12 feet lower in the summer than in the winter.

At his honoring, Nash told CBS2 that whenever his family goes “over the bridge, we say your grandfather built this bridge and now we can say ‘Grandfather built it and the grandson helped correct the spelling finally’ so, it’s a great feeling.”


Tagged categories: Bridges; Government; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management

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