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The Semipalatinsk Bridge, Semipalatinsk, Kazachstan

September 5th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Semipalatinsk Bridge is a suspension bridge which crosses the Irtish river in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan. Completed in 2000, it has a main span of 750 meters.

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The Tacoma Narrows Bridgem, Tacoma, Washington, USA

August 29th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a pair of mile-long (1600 meter) suspension bridges with main spans of 2800 feet (850 m), they carry Washington State Route 16 across the Tacoma Narrows of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula, USA. The first bridge, nicknamed Galloping Gertie, was opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and became famous four months later for a dramatic wind-induced structural collapse that was caught on motion picture film. The first replacement bridge opened in 1950, and a parallel bridge opened in 2007.

The current westbound bridge was designed and rebuilt with open trusses and stiffening struts and openings in the roadway to let wind through. It opened on October 14, 1950, and is 5,979 feet (1822 m) long — 40 feet (12 m) longer than "Galloping Gertie", the first bridge. It and its parallel eastbound bridge are currently the fifth-longest suspension bridges in the United States. Local residents nicknamed the new bridge "Sturdy Gertie", as the oscillations that plagued the previous design had been eliminated.


Milvio Bridge, Rome, Italy

August 29th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Ponte Milvio (Italian for Milvian Bridge) or Ponte Molle is one of the most important bridges over the Tiber in Rome.

The bridge was built by consul Gaius Claudius Nero in 206 BC, after he had defeated the Carthaginan army in the Battle of the Metaurus. In 115 BC, consul Marcus Aemilius Scaurus built a new bridge made of stone in the same position, demolishing the old one. In 312, Constantine I defeated his stronger rival Maxentius between this bridge and Saxa Rubra, in the famous Battle of Milvian Bridge.

During the Middle Ages, the bridge was renovated by a monk named Acuzio, and in 1429 Pope Martin V asked a famous architect, Francesco da Genazzano, to repair the collapsing bridge. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the bridge was modified by two artists, Valadier and Pigiani.

In late 2006, the bridge began attracting couples, who use a lamppost on the bridge to hang padlocks as a sign of their love. The ritual involves the couple locking the padlock to the lamppost, then throwing the key behind them into the Tiber.


The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, South Carolina, USA

August 25th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, also known as the Cooper River Bridge, is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River in South Carolina, connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. The eight lane bridge satisfied the capacity of U.S. Highway 17 when it opened in 2005 to replace two obsolete cantilever truss bridges. The bridge has a main span of 1,546 feet (471 m), the longest among cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere. It was built using the design-build method and was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Groundbreaking on the bridge occurred in 2001 in Mount Pleasant. The bridge was built as a design-build project, meaning that one contract was signed to both design and construct the bridge. This meant that construction could begin even while the design was not yet finalized. The bridge was built by a joint venture of two major construction firms operating under the name Palmetto Bridge Constructors. The joint venture partners were Tidewater Skanska of Norfolk, Virginia and Flatiron Constructors of Longmont, Colorado. The construction joint venture hired Parsons Brinckerhoff to complete the design. For the sake of simplifiying labor and equipment resources, Palmetto Bridge Constructors actually managed the building of the bridge as five separate projects (the two highway interchanges at either end of the bridge, the two approach spans, and the cable-stayed span) going on simultaneously.


Angostura Bridge, Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela

August 25th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Angostura Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the Orinoco River at Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela. Built in 1967, it has a main span of 712 meters. Until the opening of the Second Orinoco crossing 100 km further downstream near Ciudad Guayana on 13 November 2006 it was the only bridge across the Orinoco.

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Skybridge (TransLink), Vancouver, Canada

August 6th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Skybridge is a cable-stayed bridge in Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada. Built in 1989, it spans the Fraser River and connects New Westminster with Surrey.

The Skybridge does not carry automotive vehicles, as the neighbouring Pattullo Bridge does, but has two tracks enabling the TransLink SkyTrain to pass either way on the bridge on its journey between King George Station in Surrey and Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver. An additional third set of rails in the middle is used by maintenance crews to truck equipment back and forth on the bridge (not connected to the SkyTrain tracks). The bridge has two 123 m (404 ft) tall towers and carries trains 45 m (150 ft) above the Fraser river and valley. The main span is 340 metres (1,115 ft) and the total length is 616 m (2020 ft), making it the longest transit-only bridge in the world.


The Bloukrans Bridge, Nature’s Valley, Western Cape, South Africa

June 17th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Bloukrans Bridge is an arch bridge located in Nature's Valley, Western Cape, South Africa. The construction, which was completed in 1984, stands at height of 216m above the Bloukrans River, making it the highest single span arch bridge in the world. Its central span is 272m and the bridge is 451m in length in total.

Its primary use is that of a road bridge, carrying national route N2, but it is also noted for the site of the world's highest bungee jump. The river below forms the border between the Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces and is located in the Tsitsikamma region of the Garden Route.

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Prešeren Square and Tromostovje (Triple Bridge), Ljubljana, Slovenia

June 11th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Prešeren Square (Slovenian: Prešernov trg) is the main square in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. A statue of France Prešeren, a Slovenian poet and national hero, with a muse is situated in the centre of the square. On the north side, the baroque-style Franciscan Church of the Annunciation (Frančiškanska cerkev Marijinega oznanenja or just Frančiškanska cerkev). One of the main streets in Ljubljana, Čop Street, leads northwest towards the Nama emporium. On the south side, the Ljubljanica passes by and is traversed by the city's most famous bridge, Tromostovje (Three Bridges), designed in 1929 by Jože Plečnik. The building of the Central Pharmacy is located to the east, while Wolf Street (Wolfova ulica) leads towards the Congress Square (Kongresni trg) to the west.

Tromostovje in Slovenian, in English Three Bridges or Triple Bridge, is one of the symbols of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.