Klickitat River Bridges at Lyle Washington — Journeys with Johnbo

Lyle, Washington. At the confluence of the Columbia and Klickitat Rivers near Lyle, Washington, there are two bridges, one for the railroad to cross the Klickitat River and one that carries State Route 14 over the river. The two spans are known by the locals as the Twin Bridges. The closest bridge in the image […]

Klickitat River Bridges at Lyle Washington — Journeys with Johnbo

‘A dream come true for 170 mn people of Bangladesh’: PM Hasina inaugurates ‘Padma Bridge’ — Welcome to Mantra

Dhaka [Bangladesh], June 25 (ANI): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the country’s new landmark multipurpose ‘Padma Bridge’ on Saturday.This is the longest bridge in Bangladesh that will significantly reduce the distance between the capital city of Dhaka to the Mongla sea port, which is important for regional and international trade.“The completion of the Padma […]

‘A dream come true for 170 mn people of Bangladesh’: PM Hasina inaugurates ‘Padma Bridge’ — Welcome to Mantra

Congratulations to Bangladesh on this extraordinary achievement! 🙂 ❤

Greig Street Bridge — Ruth Blogs Here

The Greig Street Bridge over the River Ness in Inverness – it’s an old Victorian ironwork footbridge, and is one I cross regularly on my way to and from work – I love the way the trees frame the bridge so nicely in this shot 🙂 Water, Water Everywhere

Greig Street Bridge — Ruth Blogs Here

BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 197

Source: Susanna Torres Belmonte via Instagram

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This week’s Pic of the Week takes us to the town of Tortosa on the River Erbo in Spain. And with that, the picture of this bridge comes to mind. The Pont del Ferro is a multiple-span continuous through truss bridge with Whipple truss design. It took three years to build the 224-meter truss bridge, which opened to railroad traffic in 1869. Its riveted truss connections make this bridge one of the oldest riveted truss bridges on the European continent. It used to serve rail traffic which connected Valencia and Tarragona until 2004 when it was shut down. Prior to its abandonment, it was partially destroyed during the Spanish Civil War (1936- 1939) and was subsequentially rebuilt to its present-day appearance. It took nine years to repurpose the bridge and rehabilitate it for pedestrian traffic. Since 2013, the pedestrian bridge, with its red color, has been serving cyclists, representing the history of Spain and its infrastructure.

Here’s another view of the bridge via link here. It’s a night photo but it shows you the side view of the bridge.

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Enjoy the pic and remember: Your Bridge Matters. 🙂

BHC Newsflyer: June 26, 2022

Klevendeich Bridge in Pinneberg near Hamburg in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Source: Uwe Barghaan via wikiCommons

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Old Skeena Bridge in British Columbia to be Rehabilitated

Link: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022TRAN0058-000986

Bridge Info: https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=britishcolumbia/oldskeena/

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Photo by David Rodgers via wiki Commons

Historic Matlock Bridge Closed for Work on Flood Walls

Article: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-61758935

Bridge Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matlock_Bridge

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Source: Tnemtsoni, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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New Monument Honoring the People Who Saved the Elster River Bridge at Crossen (Thuringia)

Article (D): https://www.otz.de/regionen/stadtroda/neue-tafel-erinnert-an-brueckenretter-id235703757.html

Bridge Info: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossen_an_der_Elster

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Source: RuthAS, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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National Highways England Ordered to Unfill the Great Musgrave Bridge in a Monumental Ruling

Article: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-61824392

Bridge Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Musgrave

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Source: Aimaimyi, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

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Historic Bridge in Japan to See the Light Again

Article: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20220625/p2g/00m/0na/022000c

Bridge Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nihonbashi

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Source: Library of Congress/ HABS-HAER-HALS Record

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Former Pennsylvania Railroad Trestle at Safe Harbor Now Open as a Bike Trail

Article: https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/historic-ex-prr-high-trestle-at-safe-harbor-opens-to-public/

Bridge Info 1: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/pa3741/

Bridge Info 2: http://bridgehunter.com/pa/lancaster/powerhouse/

Trail Info: https://www.traillink.com/trail-maps/enola-low-grade-trail/

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Hot Metal Bridge in Pittsburgh- Photo taken by Jason D. Smith

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Bridge and Building Tour By Boat in Pittsburgh

Information: https://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/explore-the-history-of-pittsburghs-buildings-and-bridges-all-by-boat/?fbclid=IwAR3hUSmlBJhugLlDgiUnqwpjJpBtlh_VSXBuC5W-qzsQA9H5ycQKJ7C7Nx4

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Bridgebot dressed in gold and black, posing as a lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers and exposing the bridges worth seeing in Pittsburgh. Photo taken in August 2010

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Blog Tour: Under The Bridge by Jack Byrne — _ForBooksSake

Hey everyone!Today is my stop on the blog tour for Under The Bridge by Jack Byrne. I am excited to be sharing a spotlight post with you all, so you can learn a little about the book! A massive thank you to @The_WriteReads, and @jackbyrnewriter for allowing me to be a part of the tour. Title: Under The BridgeAuthor: Jack ByrneRelease Date: 18th […]

Blog Tour: Under The Bridge by Jack Byrne — _ForBooksSake

A candidate for the 2022 Bridgehunter Awards in the category Bridge Media and Genre. This one has a symbolic meaning and is a good mystery novel. 📙🔖

A New Footbridge Is Coming To Kendal — THE HERDWICK NEWS

Cumbria County Council is excited to announce that its £2 million project to build a replacement multi-use footbridge in Kendal is set to reach a key milestone. Preparations are progressing well for this significant stage in the project with the delivery of the footbridge in early July, with the much-anticipated lift taking place later that […]

A New Footbridge Is Coming To Kendal — THE HERDWICK NEWS

Norway’s Floating Highway- A Bridge Too Far?

Photo by stein egil liland on Pexels.com

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Home to the mountains, the tundra and the fjords, Norway, with a population of 5.4 million inhabitants, is one of Earth’s finest natural wonders. The country is a tourist magnet for those wanting to visit the country’s landscapes, witness the midnight sun and/or Auroras and experience its cold, sea climate, something you cannot find in other regions in Europe. While Norway has a wide network of roads and bridges spanning rivers and fjords and connecting villages, most of the area are only accessible via ferries and cruise ships because of the treacherous landscapes and the weather patterns that are unpredictable.

To reduce the amount of time it takes to go from the southern tip of the country to the northern part, the Norwegian government has introduced a massive project of its own. It’s known as the “Floating Highway,” but it’s basically a system of tunnels and bridges going through its landscape and connecting Trondheim in the north to Kristiansand (west of Oslo) to the south. Known as the “New E39 Project,” it was launched in 2018 and is expected to be completed before 2040 at a cost of $47 billion.

Despite this, there are growing concerns about this project, because of increasing high costs and (because of the current crisis in Europe) lack of materials needed for the project. Mainly three questions come to mind:

  1. Is this project feasible or if it is “a bridge too far?”
  2. Who will benefit from this project when it is completed?
  3. Will this project be an engineering achievement or a disaster that should have been averted?

A documentary on this project can be found below. Watch the documentary and feel free to comment on it, either here in the Chronicles or in its social media pages. Enjoy the film and looking forward to your comments. 🙂

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Documentary: Why Bridges Collapse?

I-35 W Bridge in Minneapolis, MN. Photo taken in 2011

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August 2nd marks the 15th anniversary of the collapse of the I-35W Bridge, spanning the Mississippi River near St. Anthony’s Falls in Minneapolis, MN. On this day in 2007, during the latter portion of rush hour, a gusset plate in one of the truss spans gave out under the weight of gravel and concrete, causing the entire bridge to collapse. 13 people died and hundreds were injured. The bridge disaster marked the beginning of an era where engineers and highway agencies in the United States and around the world began to scrutinize the bridge designs and inspect the structures very carefully, proactively demolishing bridges that had the potential to collapse.

However the collapse has led to questions of not only how the bridges are designed but also how the bridges are being maintained and how many years should a bridge be in service. Many of these bridges were built in the 1950s, 60s and even 70s, all of which in mass quantities and part of the expansion of the freeways in America and Europe. While these bridges are modern, these bridges are at risk of collapse. Excessive weight, combined with wear and tear, as well as rust and corrosion have brought the bridges at risk.

American Public TV Channel PBS did a documentary entitled “Why Bridges Collapse?” in 2020. Using this bridge as well as other bridge examples, such as the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, the Hammersmith Flyover in London, and the Silver Bridge in Ohio, this documentary features the stories of each of the bridges and how they collapsed or came even close to it. There are several interviews with bridge experts, historians, engineers and even prosecutors providing details of the stories of what happened, all of them have one common message: these bridges need to be cared for as often and as proactively as possible to avoid further disasters like the ones mentioned in the film. This documentary is part of the Nova series and is one where future bridge builders must see in order to understand how bridges work and how important it is to maintain them, as often as possible. Remember: There is no such thing as a bridge with a 100-year free maintenance guarantee. When looking at these modern bridges and comparing them to what is being built, there never was one to begin with.

Enjoy the film documentary. 🙂

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Real-Time News — Old Structures Engineering

There is some rather extreme flooding going on in the Yellowstone River valley right now. To give a sense of it, the AP has reported the river cresting at 13.88 feet at Corwin Springs, Montana, while the previous record high water was 11.5 in 1918. 432 more words

Real-Time News — Old Structures Engineering

A look at historic bridges and the latest disaster from this columnist’s point of view…..

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