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The New River Gorge Bridge, located in West Virginia, USA, is one of the longest single-arch bridges in the world. Completed in 1977, the bridge is more than 3,000 feet (915 meters) long, with an arch that spans 1,700 feet (518 m). It carries US Route 19 more than 875 feet (267 m) above the river below, making it among the highest vehicular bridges in the world.
The New River Gorge Bridge is also famous for Bridge Day, held each year on the third Saturday in October. Bridge Day draws thrill-seekers from around the world to BASE jump and rappel off the span and into the gorge below. Hundreds of BASE jumpers participate in the event annually, joined by nearly 80,000 spectators.
This microscale version of the New River Gorge Bridge includes 2442 bricks on a 16 by 100 stud base. It is approximately 22 bricks tall. The set includes 12 vehicles, 4 BASE jumpers, and more than 200 trees.
This set also features a unique "modular" design that makes the two hillsides very easy to build. Four different patterns are used, repeated six time each, for a total of 24 landscaping "blocks". Each block is built on a 6x8 plate with approximately 50 bricks. To make the gorge, the 24 blocks can be stacked and overlapped in any pattern desired. This ensures that each build can have a subtle difference in design.
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