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Solving the Golden Gate Bridge's mystery hum

Posted on Wednesday, 16 June, 2021 | Comment icon 6 comments

For some, the noise is unbearable. Image Credit: CC BY 2.5 Rich Niewiroski Jr.
A strange humming noise emanating from the iconic bridge has been driving locals round the bend.
Considered to be one of the wonders of the modern world, the instantly recognizable 1.7-mile-long Golden Gate Bridge links San Francisco with Marin County, California.

Problematically, however, recent work carried out on the bridge has altered the acoustics in such a way so as to produce an excruciatingly loud, high-pitched sound that has generated a plethora of noise complaints while leaving officials scrambling to offer an explanation.

Some of the world's leading engineers and acoustics experts have since been working to reproduce the sound in a lab using a scale model of the bridge in an effort to determine exactly how it is being produced and crucially, how it might be stopped.

Now it looks as though they may have finally gotten to the bottom of the problem.
"After studying this phenomenon extensively, we've determined that the sound comes from new and more aerodynamic railing that we installed on the west sidewalk," said bridge spokesperson Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz.

"It was part of a Golden Gate Bridge retrofit designed to protect the bridge for future generations by allowing it to withstand sustained high winds up to 100mph."

Fortunately, a solution to the problem is likely to be implemented in the not-too-distant future.

"We'll be sharing more information about a possible solution this summer," said Cosulich-Schwartz.

"We understand that some of those who live close to the bridge have tended to find it distressing. We want to be good neighbors. So hopefully, we'll be soothing our neighbor's ears with a solution."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (6)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by toast on 16 June, 2021, 14:53
I would not have thought that it is such loud. Horror!
Comment icon #2 Posted by third_eye on 16 June, 2021, 15:45
More recently...  [00.12:55] ~
Comment icon #3 Posted by Kenemet on 16 June, 2021, 22:59
That's actually what I thought, and has probably occurred to the engineers as well -- some sort of change in the bridge's structure.  And indeed it might be a crack, causing an aeolian harp effect.
Comment icon #4 Posted by ExoPaul on 17 June, 2021, 16:22
So they retrofitted the bridge to be the worlds largest Harmonica?
Comment icon #5 Posted by godnodog on 17 June, 2021, 16:28
that is impressively loud
Comment icon #6 Posted by Nosy.Matters on 19 June, 2021, 8:02
Really? Thought cables, as a small cable and especially clothes lines will emit eerily loud, howling noise(S) on a rather windy night.

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