18 stunning bridges

by on January 10, 2008 at 5:09 pm in Travels | Permalink

This is enough to get a boy really excited.  My favorites are Millau, Rotterdam, and Oresund.

1 Raul January 10, 2008 at 5:50 pm

under the entry for the San Diego bridge………..”It was built at a maximum height of 200ft to allow vessels to travel underneath; in fact it is tall enough to allow an EMPTY aircraft carrier to pass. “………[emphasis added]

Off topic: Is a “empty” aircraft carrier any “shorter” than an loaded one? Defies logic; if at all I would expect the contrary!

2 Rolo January 10, 2008 at 6:30 pm

An empty aircraft carrier sits higher in the water than a fully loaded one. So they’re saying that’s it is higher than some pansy bridge that only allows a fully loaded carrier pass beneath.

Semi on topic, the Oakland Bridge has an interesting story.

http://www.thebridgesofar.com/

3 Leif January 10, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Calatrava did a series of more modestly proportioned bridges in Holland that are some of my favorite pieces of architecture:

http://www.arcspace.com/architects/calatrava/hoofdvaart/hoofdvaart.html

4 thehova January 11, 2008 at 12:24 am

The Millau bridge freaks me out. crazy.

5 londenio January 11, 2008 at 2:30 am

I am fortunate enough to have a window overlooking the skyline of Rotterdam. The Erasmusbrug is really a great sight. It is a true “European bridge”. Explanation: on each side of the bridge there are a wide pedestrian sidewalk, a very decent bicycle road and two car lanes. In the middle there are (as you can expect) two electric tram tracks. So the area devoted to cars is less than 50%, I would say. It is also impressive to see the bascule bridge open, when they need to allow the large ship going to the Rotterdam harbor to go through.

6 Jeff H. January 11, 2008 at 4:36 am

I’ll be crossing the Oresund next week, in fact.

7 Patrick R. Sullivan January 11, 2008 at 10:42 am

The Millau Viaduct is the more interesting because it was built by private enterprise for profit.

8 will January 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm

my favorite part about the rotterdam bridge is that the scale model of it at madurodam also wobbles.

9 jp January 12, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Should’ve included:

The iron bridge on the Severn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ironbridge002.JPG

The Tunkhannock Viaduct in Pennsylvania:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Nicholson-Viaduct.JPG

Plus the Brooklyn Bridge, as someone above mentioned

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