BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 125

Photo by Raphael Alú

This week’s Pic of the Week takes us to the city of Basel. Located on the River Rhine at the junction between Germany, Switzerland and France, the Swiss city has 180,000 inhabitants and has a lot of historic bridges to see. This includes the Middle Bridge, a seven-span concrete arch bridge spanning the Rhine in the city center. It was built in 1905 by Albert Buss & Cie. from Pratteln and Philipp Holzmann from Frankfurt am Main, at a cost 2.67 million Francs. The structure underwent in-kind restoration in 2002, with all of the structure’s elements and ornamental statues being restored to their former glory. The bridge was closed to motorized vehicles in 2017 as part of the initiative to ban cars from traveling in the city center with the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emmissions.

This pic was taken by Raphael Alú and can be found on Instagram under the name AluArts. Much of Europe is currently on total lockdown due to the Covid-19 epidemic and the Christmas Markets, typical of Germany and many parts of Europe are not taking place this year. Yet it didn’t stop city officials from decorating historic city center and its bridges, like this one. Given the decorations, it makes the arch bridge look like a suspension bridge- something unique in its design. 🙂


.Update on the Bridgehunter Awards:


Some updates have been made to the ballots, which includes the addition of bridge photos in the categories Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge and Bridge of the Year. Both can be found in Ballot Part 4. Also in Part 4 is the information pertaining to the memorial fund for the late James Baughn, webmaster for and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Awards last year. If you haven’t voted yet, click on the links below:

Part One Best Bridge Photo:…

Part Two: Bridge Tour Guide (US/International):…

Part Three: Mystery Bridge and Lifetime Achievement:…

Part Four: Best Example of Restored Historic Bridge, Bridge of the Year and Best Kept Secret:…

As a reminder, the voting has been extended to January 22nd, 2021 and the winners to be announced on the 23rd. More than one vote per category is allowed. Still, this year’s Awards is a very special one as we pay tribute to James. So get the word out there. Go and vote. Encourage others to do the same and let’s honor him for his work.

Malta – A Bridge Too Far

Malta – A Bridge Too Far

Journeys with Johnbo

Malta, Montana.

We left Theodore Roosevelt National Park on our way to Glacier National Park in Montana. Time for a break, we pulled off U.S. Highway 2 at Malta to visit the Montana D.O.T. Rest Area at Trafton Park. While getting out of the car in the parking lot, an old bridge caught my eye.

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