[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]
[[Grand Theft Auto Advance]] |location = [[Portland]] and [[Staunton Island]]. |use = Transportation }} The '''Callahan Bridge''' (also known on street signs in GTA III as the '''West Port Bridge''') is a four lane (two lanes in each direction) suspension bridge, connecting southwestern [[Portland]] with east-central [[Staunton Island]] in [[Liberty City in GTA III Era|Liberty City]]. == History == Callahan Bridge is the only bridge connecting Staunton and Portland, hence being an essential transport link between the two islands. Like the [[Shoreside Lift Bridge]], the bridge effectively serves as a barrier to prevent the player from venturing into other islands prematurely (referred as the "[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BrokenBridge broken bridge]" method of cutting players off from new areas of the city), and will only be usable once the player completes a sufficient number of missions. While not accurately based on any prominent bridges in New York City, the Callahan Bridge does bear some resemblance to the Wards Island-Queen span of the [[wp:Robert F. Kennedy Bridge|Triborough/Robert F. Kennedy Bridge]] in terms of structural design but not in the strictest sense, featuring only one vertical suspender instead of two. In [[Grand Theft Auto III]], the bridge was severely damaged in late 2001 by a bomb during an attack [[Introduction (GTA III)|in the beginning of the game]] by the [[Colombian Cartel]] on a police convoy that was crossing the bridge at the time. The Cartel attacked the convoy in order to kidnap one of the prisoners it was transporting, and unwittingly set [[Claude]] and [[8-Ball]] free as well. As the Portland string of missions are performed, the bridge remains largely uncrossable until the completion of "[[Last Requests]]", when the bridge is finally repaired and is operational once again. As the [[Porter Tunnel]] is not completed in [[Grand Theft Auto Advance]], the Callahan Bridge serve as the only link between Portland and Staunton. The bridge design receives a degree of simplification to accommodate the game system's limited hardware capabilities. In [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]], the bridge was enduring construction circa 1998 and the was not finished yet, so modes of transportation between Portland Island and Staunton Island was limited to [[Ferry|ferries]] before the bridge is partially completed to the point the player can jump over the remaining gaps using a ramp. The expected completion of the bridge as provided by the information pickup at the Portland end of the bridge is "May 1998". == Exploits == Despite being temporarily unusable in GTA III, the player can in fact cross the damaged bridge on foot even before completing the [[Give Me Liberty|first mission]] by carefully jumping from one dangling bar to another, allowing them access to ''both'' Staunton and [[Shoreside Vale]]. While the Shoreside Life Bridge remains non-functional, the Staunton-Shoreside Vale link of the [[Porter Tunnel]] is not sealed off; the Portland end remains fenced up.
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