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Golden Gate gets fresh paint, but it’ll take 4 years

Thursday, August 25, 2011

imageFor the first time since the bridge was completed in 1937 the main cables are getting a fresh coat of paint. And if you’re wondering why the job, which began in May, will likely take four years, well don’t. “We haven’t been able to put a coat down in 14 days. It’s too wet and it won’t stick,” a painter tells the Marin IJ. Such is life in the fog belt 220 feet above the mouth of the bay.

Noted: The job is more than cosmetic. Paint helps protect the wires that keep the span up. Inside the main cables there are 27,572 of them.
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