The Gant Bridge is a suspension bridge that is painted a unique color in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
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 western 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.
According to the bridge facts sign in the Visitor Center, the total length of the bridge is 159.7 m., but it is obviously much longer; The measured distance by car from end to end is approximately 785-787 meters. 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 off the bridge in San Fierro ends unexpectedly on a relatively minor road in Downtown San Fierro, instead of connecting with something more major.
The bridge appears to be undergoing some refurbishment, as its southeastern side has scaffolding.This scaffolding provides Carl with access to a hard-to-reach area in Ice Cold Killa, and the end of the scaffolding forms a unique stunt jump; however to do this jump requires Carl to sacrifice his motorbike and shouldn't be attempted until a) the Desert area opens up (otherwise the jump fails due to the "invisible wall" preventing Gant Bridge from being crossed prematurely) and b) Carl completes the Paramedic mission and receives enhanced health. This is due to the fact Carl may land on the concrete pillars of the bridge far below rather than in the water; this is fatal if Carl doesn't receive the extra health boost provided by completing the side mission.
Gant Bridge 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, also inaccessible except while on a date with one of Carl's girlfriends, 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.
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
- Before the player has unlocked the Las Venturas landmass, there will be large invisible walls around the bridge that prevent the player from entering or crossing the Gant Bridge. The player can land a helicopter or airplane on the "roof" of this invisible solid area, and since it is invisible, the player and the aircraft will look like they're floating in mid-air as seen in the gallery below.
- Because of this, the player must be careful when flying around the bridge early on in the game, as he might crash into this invisible wall.
- SFPD police cars can be seen going into San Fierro. This supports the idea that the SFPD does regular patrols on Bayside, although no SFPD cars or officers can be seen in the Bayside Area.
- Gant Bridge is the longest bridge in San Andreas, and is the tallest bridge in the GTA series.
- There is a well-known urban myth within the GTA fan community about this bridge; It is said that sharks can be rarely seen under this bridge. While a shark model exists in the game files, it has been proven that no sharks ever spawn within the waters of San Andreas, unless the player utilizes mods.