Floating Bridges on the Brain: The Ultimate Floating Bridge Quiz
by Staff
If everybody had an ocean, across the U.S.A, they'd be too busy building floating bridges to play on silly surfboards. Floating bridges are indispensable tools for spanning areas other bridges can't. Ready to take on our bridge challenge?

What other name do floating bridges commonly go by?

  • pontoon bridges
  • cable-stayed bridges
  • boat bridges

What was the first modern floating bridge in the United States to fail due to a severe storm?

  • the Lacey V. Morrow Memorial Bridge
  • the Hood Canal Bridge
  • the Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge -- Evergreen Point Bridge

What is the longest floating bridge in the world?

  • Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge -- Evergreen Point
  • Lake Washington Bridge
  • Brooklyn Bridge

How long is the Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge -- Evergreen Point?

  • 1.4 miles
  • 1.8 miles
  • 2.1 miles

What year was the Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge -- Evergreen Point Bridge completed?

  • 1963
  • 1973
  • 1983

What's one major reason Washington is replacing the Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge -- Evergreen Point Bridge?

  • It wasn't built to withstand a 20-year storm.
  • It has too many irreparable cracks.
  • It's simply getting too old.

The Sunset Lake Floating Bridge in Vermont was first floated on what kind of pontoons?

  • 120 canoes
  • wooden barrels
  • inflated pig skins

Which state in America holds claim to the longest floating pedestrian bridge?

  • Vermont
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Which floating bridge uses steel pontoons instead of the more common concrete pontoons?

  • Demerara Harbour Bridge
  • Lake Washington Bridge
  • Galata Bridge

Which portion of a floating bridge is most susceptible to damage from an earthquake?

  • the deck
  • the approaches
  • the superstructure

How big, in diameter, were the steel cables that broke when the Hood Canal Bridge sank?

  • 6 inches (15.24 centimeters)
  • 8 inches (20.32 centimeters)
  • 3 feet (0.9 meters)

Why were most ancient floating bridges constructed?

  • for war
  • to help people move around more easily in their daily lives
  • to expand local economies

Xerxes set out to conquer Greece, but first his army needed a bridge to cross which body of water?

  • the Hellespont
  • the Black Sea
  • the Nile

How many boats did Xerxes' men use for the replacement floating bridge?

  • nearly 400
  • nearly 600
  • nearly 1,000

Why was the Eastbank Esplanade closed temporarily in 2011?

  • high water levels
  • severe winds
  • explosive balls of hot lava

The Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge is part of which Interstate highway?

  • Interstate 25
  • Interstate 80
  • Interstate 90

Many owners use what strategy to help pay for the huge expense of floating bridges?

  • tolls
  • higher local tax rates
  • extortion

How much time did engineers need to complete the floating bridge in Dubai?

  • 30 days
  • 300 days
  • 30 months

How long is the Dubai floating bridge?

  • 1,325 feet (403.86 meters)
  • 1,399 feet (426.4 meters)
  • 1,181 feet (360 meters)

The Dubai floating bridge is almost brand-new (built in 2007), but it's only temporary. It'll be replaced in 2012 by what bridge?

  • the Dubai Golden Road
  • the Dubai Mile
  • the Dubai Smile