The Golden Gate Bridge Learns to Sing
This past weekend, many Bay Area residents were serenaded by the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time, a new phenomenon that confused many people. The sounds emanated throughout the city, from Lands End to the Marin Headlands and Crissy Field.
Several individuals shared videos and, soon enough, the Golden Gate Bridge was trending on Twitter.
The Golden Gate Bridge now makes music. You can hear this whistle all over the city pic.twitter.com/W1V9Dw4sXb— Raemond (@RaemondBW) June 6, 2020
Anthony J.:— Mark Krueger (@markkrueg) June 6, 2020
“Engineers designed new sides for the sidewalk to help with wind resistance but didn’t take into account the EXTREME sound it creates when wind passes through it. The bridge sings crazy songs now it’s so trippy. It hurts the ears and unbearable it’s that loud.” pic.twitter.com/GWdVia1GNS
After 83 years, how could the Golden Gate Bridge suddenly learn how to sing? There's a simple explanation. New sidewalk railing slats installed to help with wind resistance are the culprit. When winds at high enough speeds pass through the open gaps between the slats, it can create a loud humming noise akin to a musical instrument.
The engineers have no immediate plans to fix the issue. Enjoy the melody the next time you visit.