BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 92

Vessy Bridge

PW

Tying together bridges and the last entry on Robert Maillart in yesterday’s post, I’ve decided to move up the Pic of the Week by one day to show you another example of a work of art credited to the bridge engineer’s name. The Vessy Bridge spans the River Arve between the suburbs of Vessy and Veyrier in the southeastern portion of Geneva in Switzerland. The bridge is a deck arch span which features Maillart’s signature design, a three-hinged arch design. Construction started in 1936 and the 52 meter long structure was opened to traffic in 1937, three years before his passing.

These photos were taken in 2006, during my three month stay in Geneva. I did an internship for my Master’s studies at the World Health Organization during that time, and while I was there, I had an opportunity to photograph every bridge in the city, especially along the three rivers. This was one of them, which I photographed on a Saturday afternoon while on tour by bike. It was one of the rarest opportunities to get some shots from the middle of the river, like in picture below, for the Arve was at its lowest in terms of river levels. Despite having some vegetation in the foreground, one can get a closer look at the bridge and Malliart’s designs. Even more unique about this bridge are the vertical posts supporting the hinged arches as they are shaped like hour glasses. When I photographed the bridge in 2006, they still maintained a creme white color. Yet lately, they have been colorized with spraypaint and designs that are mostly deemed tasteless. You can find them in the photos taken by my colleague Nic Janberg via link here. In that link, you will find more literature pertaining to Maillart and his bridges.

Vessy Bridge

Vessy Bridge

Stay healthy and stay safe. Happy Bridgehunting! 🙂

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1872: An Innovative Swiss Bridge Engineer is Born

1872: An Innovative Swiss Bridge Engineer is Born

Transportation History

February 6, 1872

Civil engineer Robert Maillart was born in Bern, Switzerland. Maillart left a lasting imprint on his profession through his aesthetical approach to bridge construction and his innovative use of structural reinforced concrete for that purpose. Two prominent examples of Maillart’s work are the Salginatobel and Schwandbach Bridges that he designed and built. 

Salginatobel Bridge

The Salginatobel Bridge, which was completed in 1930, spans the Salgina Valley ravine in Schiers, Switzerland. This structure is the earliest surviving three-hinged, hollow box arch bridge to be designed by Maillart. His concrete hollow box design, which involves joining the concrete arch ring and the concrete deck with longitudinal concrete sidewalls to give a structure the cross-section of the hollow box, has greatly influenced bridge-building efforts worldwide. In 1991, the Salginatobel Bridge was declared by the American Society of Civil Engineers to be an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. It was the first concrete…

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BHC Newsflyer: 3 April, 2020

Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, MA: Photo by FFM784 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

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To Listen to the Podcast, click onto the link here: https://anchor.fm/jason-smith-bhc19/episodes/BHC-Newsflyer-3-April-2020-ecb9bu

 

Headlines:

Pennsylvania Recommences Emergency Projects Despite Statewide Lockdown

Link: https://local21news.com/news/local/penndot-restarts-critical-highway-and-bridge-projects

Information on Lockdown: https://local21news.com/news/local/gov-tom-wolf-places-all-of-pennsylvania-under-an-order-to-stay-at-home

 

Merger of the Thruway and Bridge Authorities in New York Fails

Link: https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/greenecounty/thruway-bridge-authority-merger-defeated/article_27b45008-7a2d-52aa-a6ca-acc912bddb06.html

 

Bayonne Bridge Receives Prestigious Award by ASCE

Link: https://www.worldhighways.com/wh10/news/award-bayonne-bridge-project-us

Bridge Information: http://bridgehunter.com/nj/hudson/bayonne/

 

Virus Delays Rehabilitation Project at Winnington Swing Bridge

Link: https://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/18350450.coronavirus-delays-winnington-swing-bridge-repairs-for-months/

Information on the Bridge: http://wikimapia.org/31962829/Winnington-Swing-Bridge-River-Weaver-Navigation

 

Virus Delays Work on Bettendorf Bridge Replacement Project

I-74 Bridge Project: https://i74riverbridge.com/

 

Bridge of Flowers Closed due to Corona.

Link to website: www.bridgeofflowersmass.org

 

Smith Road Bridge Relocated to New Home

Article: https://www.channel3000.com/this-wisconsin-bridge-is-the-same-age-as-the-titanic-how-a-family-is-working-to-preserve-it-after-its-removal/

Information on the Bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/wi/rock/P53015300000000/

 

Schlunzig Cable-Stayed Bridge Project Delayed because of Corona

Article: https://www.freiepresse.de/zwickau/werdau/ziel-bruecken-sollen-in-diesem-jahr-fertig-werden-artikel10764020

 

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1935: An Iconic Bridge Opens in Southern Africa

1935: An Iconic Bridge Opens in Southern Africa

85 years ago come December this year.

Transportation History

December 20, 1935

Birchenough Bridge made its debut in what was then the British Crown colony of Southern Rhodesia (now the independent Republic of Zimbabwe). Sir Herbert Stanley, governor of Southern Rhodesia, officially opened the bridge, which was constructed across the Save River (also known as the Sabi River) to serve as a major link along the route between the town of Chipinge and the village of Buhera in the eastern part of the colony. The London-based Guardian reported that the bridge was built to provide the region with access “to the important markets of Salisbury [now Zimbabwe’s capital city of Harare], [the city of] Bulawayo, and the Union of South Africa [the present-day Republic of South Africa].”

As the time of its opening, Birchenough Bridge — with a length of 1,080 feet (329 meters) — was surpassed only by the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia and the Bayonne Bridge…

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Valley City – North Dakota’s City of Bridges

Valley City – North Dakota’s City of Bridges

Guest column who recently joined BHC. He visited Valley City a few years ago and wrote a tour article on the bridges in and around the city, located between Fargo and Jamestown. Enjoy! 🙂

Journeys with Johnbo

Valley City, North Dakota.

Less than one hour’s drive westbound on I-94 from our home in Fargo, the City of Bridges beckons. Our reason to travel to Valley City on this occasion was to find the first National Scenic Highway in North Dakota. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring images captured on that drive. The Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway winds its way through the river valley that is its namesake. A couple of the 27 stops on the byway are found in the city of Valley City. But I digress… Let’s begin our trip through the City of Bridges.

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BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 91

PW

Looks can be deceiving in this week’s Pic of the Week. This photo was taken in August 2011 and showed a car that wanted to cross this historic through truss bridge, only to be stopped by a Road Closed sign and a bunch of weeds. A tunnel view shot with some colorful reactions from the driver, which starts with …………

You finish the sentence.  😉

About the bridge itself, the Pratt through truss structure spanned the East Branch of the Des Moines River just off US Hwy. 169 north of the Humboldt-Kossuth County line. It was built in 1895 by the King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio and was one of only a handful of bridges left in the state of Iowa that was built directly by Zenas King. His son George E. King established his bridge building company in Des Moines and was responsible for dozens more, many of them are still standing today.  Closed in 2010, the structure was removed during the Winter 2016/17.  More information and photos of the bridge can be found here.

 

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Gillespie Dam Bridge

Journeys with Johnbo

Arlington, Arizona.

On one of our hikes, I was visiting with a hiker friend about places to visit that are “off the beaten path”, places that avoid the hustle and fast paced Interstate highways. Our friend, Leenie told us about just such a place, the Gillespie Dam Bridge. She and her “biker friends” find many of these out-of-the-way places to simply enjoy the journey.

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