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Researchers at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus) examined a variety of bridge types along with design requirements under the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code. As part of the research, the seismic performance of shape memory alloy reinforced and post-tensioned bridge piers have been tested in the University’s Applied Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Structures (ALAMS). The results, published in the Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, point out that bridges are being built to withstand the force of an earthquake, however they are being overbuilt, resulting to unnecessary construction expenses.

Bridges, as the structures which connect two separated parts of land, make easier and faster our transportation. The materials, the shape and the design differentiate one bridge from the other. Although, there are lot of impressive bridges worldwide, one that stands out is the Helix Bridge in Singapore.

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In the video below you will see 25 bridges that are the scariest bridges in the world.

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  • Date occured Monday, 03 August 2015

The Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan, can surely catch the driver's attention and even discourage some from crossing it, especially when seen directly facing the two-lanes of traffic. 

A pedestrian bridge connecting the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium to the Downtown East light rail system is being discussed among the Metropolitan Council, the Minnesota Vikings and the Minesota Sports Facilities Authority. Total cost of the bridge is estimated at $6 million. 

A recently released study by the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database, reveals that nearly 61,000 bridges across the nation are classified as structurally deficient requiring significant repairs. Based on the data analysis carried out by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) the 61,000 bridges are crossed by trucks, cars and other types of vehicles 215 million times every day, with the most heavily traveled ones being located along the Interstate Highway System. 

A great dispute has started in Albion California, with regards to the Albion River Bridge replacement. The bridge is the last wooden bridge along California's coastal highway and Caltrans wants to replace it with an arched concrete structure. A group of residents characterized by supporters of the replacement plans the "sentimentalists" object to the demolition of te bridge as they consider it an element of their eccentricity.

The Coast Guard, along with Quincy, Boston and Massachusetts State police, set up a 1000-yard safety zone between Moon Island and Long Island on March 23rd. Shortly after, with a large burst of smoke, a 750-foot-long section of the Long Island Bridge, in Boston, was demolished. The demolition targeted three sections of the bridge, sections 12, 13 and 14 – each 250 feet long. The demolition, by Walsh Construction Co., is expected to cost $20.6 million and is to be completed by the end of April.

UK's Royal Mail has just issued a set of first class stamps depicting the 10 most historical bridges across the country. According to Royal Mail, the series "demonstrates leaps in engineering" performed by progressive architects and engineers. 

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Friday, 27 February 2015 15:28

Double decker Braves bridge is under design

The double-decker bridge over Interstate 285, linking the Galleria area to the SunTrust Park and the Braves stadium and mixed-use development area is from now on the design stage by a Los-Angeles based firm. The firm was selected by the Cobb County commission, among four candidates, submitting their qualifications for the design of the bridge.

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