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Coronado Bay Bridge

(From Official Web Site)
The San Diego-Coronado Bridge, locally referred to as the Coronado Bridge, is a "prestressed concrete/steel" girder bridge, crossing over San Diego Bay in the United States, linking San Diego, California with Coronado, California. The bridge is signed as part of State Route 75.

The 11,288-foot-long (3,407m or 2.1mi) bridge ascends from Coronado at a 4.67 percent grade before curving 80 degrees toward San Diego. The span reaches a maximum height of 200 feet (61m), allowing the U.S. Navy ships which operate out of the nearby Naval Station San Diego to pass underneath it. The Nimitz class aircraft carriers currently home-ported in San Diego, are 201 feet (61 m) high and tie up at Naval Air Station North Island, located between the bay entrance and the bridge. The five-lane bridge features the longest box girder in the world.

The Coronado Bridge Construction started in February 1967, and the bridge was opened to traffic on August 3, 1969 during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of San Diego, with a $1 toll collected for traffic going westbound to Coronado. It is designated and signed as part of California State Highway 75. In 2002, it became the last toll bridge in Southern California to discontinue tolls.

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