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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Amazing & Unique Bridges

Juscelino K ubitschek Bridge , Brasilia , Brazil

The JK Bridge in Brasilia is a lesson in elegant bridge design. The three huge diagonal arches
over the deck of the bridge give the structure an amazing visual fluidity (yeah, but was the
designer slightly inebriated when he designed this structure?). .

Rolling Bridge, London , UK

Thomas heatherwick's award-winning rolling bridge is an ingenious addition to the grand union
canal system in London and is unique. Unlike regular movable canal bridges, the rolling bridge
curls up to form an octagon by way of hydraulic jacks to let ships pass.

Beipanjiang River Railroad Bridge, Guizhou , China

Beipanjiang River Railroad Bridge in Guizhou is an enormous railway bridge that was built as
part of the 'Guizhou-Shuibai Railway Project'. Connecting two mountains over a deep ravine, at
its highest point the bridge's deck sits 918ft above the ground. Parenthetically the bridge connects two of the country's poorest areas.

Pont Gustave Flaubert, Rouen, France

This incredible vertical lift bridge is in Rouen , France, whose spans weigh 1,200 tons each but can be hoisted 180 ft vertically in an impressive 12 minutes. The angular lift structures at the top of each tower weigh 450 tons each. The huge vertical lift allows even the largest cruise liners to sail through.

Hegigio Gorge Pipeline Bridge , Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

This bridge supports two pipelines - one gas, the other oil - across the extremely deep gap in Papua New Guinea . If this were to be officially recognized as a vehicular or pedestrian bridge it would rocket to the top of the 'world's highest bridge-span' with the pipelines at an impressive height of 1,290 ft above the bottom of the gorge..... By comparison, the current highest bridge span belongs to the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado, hanging a mere 1,053 ft above ground level

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