Until the completion of the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, Georgia in 2003, it was the only bridge in the United States to feature the harp (parallel) stay arrangement. The cables are arranged on multiple vertical planes, making a slight modification to the harp arrangement. Main span cables are paired to anchor into the tower in a vertical plane. Side span cables pair up to anchor in a horizontal plane. By doing this, four cables anchor in the tower at approximately the same elevation.
On May 15, 1989, inspectors were reviewing the bridge for cracks and fissures when the boom arm holding up a bucket snapped, leaving the bucket tilted on its side and the workers at risk of plummeting hundreds of feet down to the river below. Rescuers rappelled down the side of the bridge to the workers and successfully brought all of them back up to safety. The story of this rescue effort was aired on Rescue 911 on September 12 of the same year.