Tower Bridge, in London, is not the famous London Bridge. It was completed in 1894 at a cost of £1,184,000 (£118 million – 2014), taking 432 construction workers just 8 years.
The bridge spans the Thames River and is 1,000 feet long, with an average of 40,000 passengers crossing daily. It’s 2 bascules are raised approximately 1,000 times per year with no charge for vessels passing under.
In 1958, a double-decker bus (#78) had to accelerate and jump a 3′ gap as the bascules started opening. The driver was awarded £10 for his quick thinking and bravery.
A disgruntled member of the Royal Air Force flew a Hawker Hunter FGA.9 Jet Fighter under the bridges’ top span (1968) as a protest.
On June, 9, 2012, 2 helicopters flew through the bridges opening creating a sequence for the London Olympic opening ceremony presentation.
An exact replica of Tower Bridge stands in Suzhou, China.
Over a million people used a 410 metre tunnel (1,345′) to cross the Thmas prior to the bridge opening.
Today, Tower Bridge offers an exhibition which includes entry into the original turbine room and glass floor panels directly above the Thames (www.towerbridge.org.uk).