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{{q|A major link-way in our beautiful island city.|GTA III Website.}}
   
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 Island]] with east-central [[Staunton Island]] in [[Liberty City in GTA III Era|Liberty City]].
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The '''Callahan Bridge''' (also known on street signs in GTA III as the '''West Port Bridge''') is a 4 lane (2 lanes in each direction) suspension bridge, connecting southwestern [[Portland Island]] with east-central [[Staunton Island]] in [[Liberty City in GTA III Era|Liberty City]].
   
 
== History ==
 
== 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 the mission "[[Last Requests]]". 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.[[File:Callahan_Bridge_Overview.png|thumb|336px|The Bridge as viewed from air.]]
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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 the mission "[[Last Requests]]". While not accurately based on any prominent bridges in [[wp:New York City|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 location, it is based on the [[wp:Manhattan Bridge|Manhattan Bridge]].
   
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.
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[[File:Callahan_Bridge_Overview.png|thumb|336px|The Bridge as viewed from air.]]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.
 
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 it 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".
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In [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]], the bridge was enduring construction circa [[1998]] and it 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 [[Tony Cipriani|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 ==
 
== 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 Lift Bridge remains non-functional, the Staunton-Shoreside Vale link of the [[Porter Tunnel]] is not sealed off until the Callahan Bridge is fixed; the Portland end remains fenced up.
 
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 Lift Bridge remains non-functional, the Staunton-Shoreside Vale link of the [[Porter Tunnel]] is not sealed off until the Callahan Bridge is fixed; the Portland end remains fenced up.
   
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<center>[[File:GTA III Bridge Jump|425px]]</center>
   
 
It is much more difficult, if not impossible, to cross the bridge from Staunton to Portland using the same method, and as such, requires the player resort to others means, such as returning to Portland using a boat or a [[Dodo]], [[Wasted|committing suicide]] (thereby transporting them back to the [[Sweeney General Hospital]] in Portland) or [[Busted|being arrested]] (transporting them to Portland [[LCPD in GTA III Era|LCPD]] station).
 
It is much more difficult, if not impossible, to cross the bridge from Staunton to Portland using the same method, and as such, requires the player resort to others means, such as returning to Portland using a boat or a [[Dodo]], [[Wasted|committing suicide]] (thereby transporting them back to the [[Sweeney General Hospital]] in Portland) or [[Busted|being arrested]] (transporting them to Portland [[LCPD in GTA III Era|LCPD]] station).
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== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
   
<center><gallery captionalign="left">
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<center><gallery orientation="none">
 
CallahanBridge-GTA3-damaged.jpg|The damaged Callahan Bridge in GTA III, as viewed from Portland prior to "[[Last Requests]]".
 
CallahanBridge-GTA3-damaged.jpg|The damaged Callahan Bridge in GTA III, as viewed from Portland prior to "[[Last Requests]]".
 
LCS_Callahan.jpg|Callahan Bridge under construction in GTA Liberty City Stories.
 
LCS_Callahan.jpg|Callahan Bridge under construction in GTA Liberty City Stories.
 
300px-SignWPB.jpg|Sign showing that the [[Beta]] name was West Port Bridge.
 
300px-SignWPB.jpg|Sign showing that the [[Beta]] name was West Port Bridge.
gta3_callahan_bridge_beta.jpg|Callahan Bridge beta version in GTA III.
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gta3_callahan_bridge_beta.jpg|Callahan Bridge beta version in GTA III. Note that it has 2 towers like a traditional suspension bridge.
</gallery> <youtube align="center" width="400" height="250">MGsxlvTwXRQ</youtube></center>
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</gallery> [[File:GTA III and LCS Callahan Bridge|400px]]</center>
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
   
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* In the [[Beta|beta version]] of GTA III, Callahan Bridge had two suspension towers.
 
* In one of the beta pictures of drawings about Liberty City, there was no Callahan Bridge.<ref>http://gta.wikia.com/Beta_Releases</ref>
 
* In one of the beta pictures of drawings about Liberty City, there was no Callahan Bridge.<ref>http://gta.wikia.com/Beta_Releases</ref>
* The bridge name is a reference to Harry Calahan from the Dirty Harry Films.
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* The bridge name is a reference to [[wp:Harry Callahan (character)|Harry Callahan]] from the [[wp:Dirty Harry (film series)|Dirty Harry Films]].
 
* In GTA: Liberty City Stories, crossing the bridge requires navigating a jump. If done with a suitably powerful vehicle, this scores an insane stunt jump bonus for the player, although in both cases there are obstacles that need to be avoided soon after.
 
* In GTA: Liberty City Stories, crossing the bridge requires navigating a jump. If done with a suitably powerful vehicle, this scores an insane stunt jump bonus for the player, although in both cases there are obstacles that need to be avoided soon after.
* In GTA: Liberty City Stories, the map shows the Callahan Bridge with no underconstruction kinds (and looks like to be able for transportation). However, in game, the Callahan Bridge has two cranes and some empty spaces, but they aren't show on the map.
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* In GTA: Liberty City Stories, the radar map shows the Callahan Bridge completed, even though it is under construction. However, in game, the Callahan Bridge has two cranes and some empty spaces on the main deck, but they aren't show on the map.
 
* In GTA: Liberty City Stories, the mission you must complete in order to cross the bridge is '[[Driving Mr. Leone]]'.
 
* In GTA: Liberty City Stories, the mission you must complete in order to cross the bridge is '[[Driving Mr. Leone]]'.
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* In the GTA III [[Beta Releases|beta]], the Callahan Bridge was named "West Port Bridge". Furthermore, a traffic sign in [[Atlantic Quays]] has text reading "West Port Bridge", proving that this was the bridge's beta name.
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** This sign can also be seen in GTA: Liberty City Stories, however the name is painted white maybe because the bridge isn't finished yet until May 1998. This could imply that the name change from "West Port Bridge" to "Callahan Bridge" may be even in-universe.
   
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
* The Dukes-Charge Island span of the [[East Borough Bridge]], another bridge in GTA IV featuring seemingly similar bridge designs as the Callahan Bridge.
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* The Dukes-Charge Island span of the [[East Borough Bridge]], another bridge in [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]] featuring seemingly similar bridge designs as the Callahan Bridge.
   
 
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Latest revision as of 11:45, July 27, 2014

CallahanBridge-GTA3

The Callahan Bridge as viewed from Staunton in GTA III.

"A major link-way in our beautiful island city."
— GTA III Website.

The Callahan Bridge (also known on street signs in GTA III as the West Port Bridge) is a 4 lane (2 lanes in each direction) suspension bridge, connecting southwestern Portland Island with east-central Staunton Island in Liberty City.

History Edit

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 "broken bridge" method of cutting players off from new areas of the city), and will only be usable once the player completes the mission "Last Requests". 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 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 location, it is based on the Manhattan Bridge.


Callahan Bridge Overview

The Bridge as viewed from air.

In Grand Theft Auto III, the bridge was severely damaged in late 2001 by a bomb during an attack 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 it was not finished yet, so modes of transportation between Portland Island and Staunton Island was limited to 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 Edit

Despite being temporarily unusable in GTA III, the player can in fact cross the damaged bridge on foot even before completing the first mission by carefully jumping from one dangling bar to another, allowing them access to both Staunton and Shoreside Vale. While the Shoreside Lift Bridge remains non-functional, the Staunton-Shoreside Vale link of the Porter Tunnel is not sealed off until the Callahan Bridge is fixed; the Portland end remains fenced up.

GTA III Bridge Jump01:20

GTA III Bridge Jump

It is much more difficult, if not impossible, to cross the bridge from Staunton to Portland using the same method, and as such, requires the player resort to others means, such as returning to Portland using a boat or a Dodo, committing suicide (thereby transporting them back to the Sweeney General Hospital in Portland) or being arrested (transporting them to Portland LCPD station).

Gallery Edit

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GTA III and LCS Callahan Bridge

Trivia Edit

  • In the beta version of GTA III, Callahan Bridge had two suspension towers.
  • In one of the beta pictures of drawings about Liberty City, there was no Callahan Bridge.[1]
  • The bridge name is a reference to Harry Callahan from the Dirty Harry Films.
  • In GTA: Liberty City Stories, crossing the bridge requires navigating a jump. If done with a suitably powerful vehicle, this scores an insane stunt jump bonus for the player, although in both cases there are obstacles that need to be avoided soon after.
  • In GTA: Liberty City Stories, the radar map shows the Callahan Bridge completed, even though it is under construction. However, in game, the Callahan Bridge has two cranes and some empty spaces on the main deck, but they aren't show on the map.
  • In GTA: Liberty City Stories, the mission you must complete in order to cross the bridge is 'Driving Mr. Leone'.
  • In the GTA III beta, the Callahan Bridge was named "West Port Bridge". Furthermore, a traffic sign in Atlantic Quays has text reading "West Port Bridge", proving that this was the bridge's beta name.
    • This sign can also be seen in GTA: Liberty City Stories, however the name is painted white maybe because the bridge isn't finished yet until May 1998. This could imply that the name change from "West Port Bridge" to "Callahan Bridge" may be even in-universe.

See also Edit

  • The Dukes-Charge Island span of the East Borough Bridge, another bridge in GTA IV featuring seemingly similar bridge designs as the Callahan Bridge.

References Edit

  1. http://gta.wikia.com/Beta_Releases

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