My 5: Waibaidu Bridge, Shanghai.

My 5: Waibaidu Bridge, Shanghai.

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Reading from China? This My 5 contains a YouTube video, which can only be viewed with a VPN!

1. March 2019. Located at the confluence of Suzhou Creek and the Huangpu River, Shanghai’s Waibaidu Bridge looks like a modest little structure at first glance. But what it may lack in length and height, it certainly makes up for with huge historical and cultural significance. You can find it at the northern end of The Bund, Shanghai’s grand street of colonial era buildings. The very cool, misshapen brownstone building tucked away behind it is Broadway Mansions, a five-star, nineteen-floor art deco hotel.

Waibaidu Bridge Shanghai.

2. March 2019. Waibaidu Bridge was built in 1906 from a design by a British company in Singapore. It replaced the wooden Wills’ Bridge, which had dated back to 1865. The bridge you see today was completely restored in 2008 having been dismantled and removed to a…

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BHC Newsflyer: 29 April, 2019

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News Stories:

Cascade Bridge in Burlington, Iowa closed- future unknown

Rockville (Utah) Truss Bridge Re-opening Ceremony on May 3rd

Lindaunis-Schlei Drawbridge to be replaced

Article found here

Profile on the Bridge in 2011

Railroad Bridge in Calw (near Stuttgart) in danger of collapse

Replacement bridge project for Levensau Arch Bridge starts

Historic Bridge at Hull Drive near York (PA) being rehabilitated

Three bridges in Erfurt to be replaced- one of them is the Riethbrücke

Project to replace bridge in Magdeburg on hold due to legal dispute

Waiho Bridge Rebuilt and Reopened


PLUS: Tour Guide being updated. Click here.






Waiho Bridge Reopens!

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On March 26th, a major storm washed away a key highway bridge spanning the Waiho River at Franz Josef. The storm killed one person and caused millions of dollars in damage. A recap on the spectacular wipe out of the bridge:


Fast forward to this time, less than a month later, the same bridge has been put back to business and is open to traffic. Since the 13th of April, the major crossing has reopened to traffic and with that, a sigh of relief for businesses in and around the Franz Josef Glacier region, which had suffered an average of  $3 million in losses daily. Many businesses in the area had considered closing down, especially as the region attracts up to 1.5 million tourists a year. Cars lined up on both ends at noon local time on the 13th as the multiple span bridge, featuring the same truss design as the one destroyed- the Bailey Truss- was reopened to traffic.

But in 18 days time?

While most crossings wiped out need 1-3 years of planning and reconstruction, this bridge rebuild was done thanks to planning and efforts by many key agencies, including the New Zealand army and its bridge planners. How this was done can be seen in the film below:

For a 300 meter long structure, it’s a feat that is for the books for the region, New Zealand and in the world of bridge engineering, one that will rake up some awards in the long term. 🙂


BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 46


This pic of the week is a throwback to eight years ago and back to the States. Here, this photo was taken by chance on a hot and muggy day, as this gentleman does his run towards the Skunk River Bridge east of Ames, Iowa. The structure features two Warren trusses- one pony and one through, though the through truss bridge dates back to 1876, whereas the pony truss was added when the former was brought to this location in 1916. Since then, the bridge has served foot traffic and nothing beyond it. Shortly after the photo was taken, a thunderstorm came about, which meant the runner may have been looking for shelter, yet it is unknown.

If you were running and was caught in a thunderstorm at this site, what would your reaction be and what would you do? Feel free to comment. 🙂

If interested in knowing more about the bridges of Ames, check out this tour guide here.




Today in Transportation History – March 28, 1899: A Noteworthy Bridge on the World’s Longest Railway Line

Today in Transportation History – March 28, 1899: A Noteworthy Bridge on the World’s Longest Railway Line

When traveling along the Trans-Siberian Railroad, you will run into lots of history and other surprises. This is one of them- deep in the heart of Russia….

Transportation History

After more than three years of construction, a railway bridge in the city of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia (part of the Russian Empire at the time) was completed. The six-span Krasnoyarsk Railway Bridge, measuring 3,300 feet in length, was built to carry the Trans-Siberian Railway over the Yenisei River. Construction on the railway line, which is now the longest in the world, had begun in 1891. The Trans-Siberian Railway would play a vital role in linking Siberia more closely with an increasingly industrialized European Russia, and Krasnoyarsk Railway Bridge was built in the vicinity of one of the line’s more critical and heavily populated junctions.

Initial load tests were conducted on the bridge the day before it was completed, with several train cars transporting rails across the structure. When completed, Krasnoyarsk Railway Bridge was one of the largest structures of its kind in not only Russia but all of Asia. The…

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BHC Newsflyer: 22 April, 2019

Nieblungenbrücke in its original form prior to World War II. Photo: WikiCommons

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Article on the news stories in detail:

Key motorway bridge in Brazil collapses after a boat collision

Key Missouri River Crossing becomes history

Key Highway crossing in Pennsylvania to be replacedIncludes PENNDOT Bridge Marketing Profile

Nieblungen Bridge in Worms (Germany) to undergo Major makeover- main span to be replaced:Profile on the Bridge via wiki

Historic Bridge in Sonoma County, California to be replaced; trusses to be incorporated into new structure.

A 130-year old champaign bottle found in the rubble of a demolished historic bridge near Naumburg

Historic bridge in Frankfurt barely escapes a bomb in the River Main: Includes information on the Iron Bridge (not Alte Brücke as mentioned) where the bomb was found and detonated- here!

A historic bridge that survived the bombings of World War II in Hamburg to get a facelift and a new location.  Information on the Freihafenelbebrücke under the Bridges of Hamburg here.

And the second longest bowstring arch bridge in the world to be dismantled and stored until a new home is found.  Includes Facebook page on Relocating and Restoring the Kern Bridge

ALSO: Information and Petition to stop President Trump’s plan to shut down the National Register of Historic Places. Deadline is 30 April.