Check out this video on YouTube:
“Because it spans a very windy gap across the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge is now effectively a giant orange wheezing kazoo.”
Citizens have weighed in disparately:
— Can someone explain me why is this eerie sound has been going on for an hour…
— So peaceful…
— So crazy but also kinda beautiful!!…
— We can hear this in our house more than three miles away from the bridge. It’s crazy making…”
Bridge spokesperson Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz has spoken knowingly:
“The new musical tones coming from the bridge are a known and inevitable phenomenon that stem from our wind retrofit project during very high winds… We knew going into the handrail replacement that the bridge would sing during exceptionally high winds… We are pleased to see the new railing is allowing wind to flow more smoothly across the bridge.”
The Guardian has analogized interestingly:
The noise is not the first time a suspension bridge’s physical qualities have raised eyebrows. Central London’s Millennium Bridge, for example, closed days after it opened in 2000 because of dramatic swaying. It reopened a year and a half later.
And I have decided conclusively:
If my choice is to cross a musical bridge or a kinetic one, I will choose the giant wheezing kazoo every time.
(Victoria Bekiempis, “‘A giant wheezing kazoo’: Golden Gate starts to ‘sing’ after design fix,” theguardian.com, 6-6-20)
(c) 2020 JMN