Last modified on 29 July 2012, at 22:39

Gant Bridge

The Gant Bridge in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, as viewed from Tierra Robada, close to Jay's diner.

The Gant Bridge is a suspension road bridge in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Description

Gant Bridge is an iconic landmark of San Fierro, San Andreas, connecting Juniper Hollow and Palisades in San Fierro to Tierra Robada and Bayside. Spanning San Fierro Bay, the bridge also serves as the eastern gateway to the waterways which divide San Andreas state.

The bridge is clearly modeled after the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, but is shorter and tends to be bathed in only low morning fog. Like the Golden Gate Bridge, Gant Bridge is a suspension bridge supported by two pillars and painted International Orange. Other similarities include a toll plaza on the San Fierro side, and a large steel latticework structure supported by concrete and built over an old fort at Battery Point and into the hillside, providing the anchorage on the San Fierro side.

Other than the similarity to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Gant Bridge is not a particularly necessary roadway in the city, given the presence of the Garver Bridge to the east. The small freeway that comes of the bridge in San Fierro ends unexpectedly on a relatively minor road in Downtown San Fierro, instead of connecting with something more major.

An Easter Egg can be found on the top of the northern suspension tower - a sign that reads "There are no Easter Eggs up here. Go away." A parachute can also be obtained on top of the southern tower.

Due to an apparent glitch in the game, the bridge, from north of the southern suspension tower, can be accessed immediately from the beginning of the game without triggering a four-star wanted level. By flying a narrow stretch of the water between San Fierro and Tierra Robada, the player can reach the Gant Bridge without attracting the attention of the police.

Gant Bridge Visitor Center

General view of the visitor center.

The Gant Bridge Visitor Center, which consists of a "gift shop, boring museum and tourist information", is situated on the San Fierro side of the bridge, on both sides of the border between Paradiso and Juniper Hollow. Although the building housing the gift shop and museum are inaccessible, a handful of trivia about the bridge are exhibited outside, and an adjoining pedestrian bridge and walkway at the back leads to the San Fierro end of the bridge. A small diner, accessible on dates with girlfriends only, is also adjoined to the gift shop and museum.

"Actual Piece of Cable"

A slice of cable from the bridge is situated on a plinth in the grounds of the visitor center. The sign above it reads:

Actual Piece of Cable
  • Oooooh amazing
  • That's mind blowing
  • Actually, no, it's simple physics

And not really that impressive


The exhibit is seemingly based on a similar display near the Golden Gate Bridge.

"Bridge Facts"

Another large sign (of lower resolution than others) is also present in the visitor center, near the far end of the center. It reads:

Bridge Facts

Length - 159.7m
Height - 60.3m above sea level
15000 polygons, inc. LODs
600m draw distance
11 textures
Takes up a staggering 1.27mb of disc space


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