How many people died building the Brooklyn Bridge?
Many workers died during the building of highways, bridges, dams, and other major construction projects, but there is absolutely no evidence at all that any workers were entombed in poured concrete. None.
Concrete is inexpensive: Concrete is among the most accessible concrete materials, which in turn lowers the overall cost of construction.
Earlier suspension bridges had been built of iron, but steel would make the Brooklyn Bridge much stronger. To dig the foundations for the bridge’s enormous stone towers, caissons—enormous wooden boxes with no bottoms—were sunk in the river.
Steel and concrete are the most popular choices for modern bridge construction. Other materials include wood, iron (a different type of steel), plastic and stone. Before the availability of steel and concrete, most bridges were made of wood, rope and/or stone.
Bridge materials. Some of the main materials found on a bridge are steel, concrete, stone and asphalt. Other materials include iron, timber, aluminum, rubber and other joint materials.
Portland cement is commonly used as binding material in mortar and concrete for bridge construction.
The bridge was built to provide for vehicular and pedestrian traffic between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Prior to its construction, people had to take a ferry from Brooklyn to Manhattan which was incredibly time consuming.