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Bridges

Maister

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Bridges and tourism

I suspect planning and engineering types probably appreciate bridges more than the general public. Beyond the purely pragmatic value that they offer as structures designed to allow foot and wheeled traffic across bodies of water, there is the aesthetic appreciation angle, as well as the ‘marvel at the engineering feat’ angle too.

Some bridges can even become the object of tourism. Take covered bridges – they built hundreds of them during the 19th century. On the one hand they’re simple wood truss bridges, but were enclosed so as to prolong their service life. Most surviving covered bridges have been preserved to serve as ‘scenic attractions.’ They look quaint and one can easily imagine a horse and carriage crossing one. Seems like suspension bridges have the potential to become iconic structures and serve as tourist attractions in their own right. The Golden Gate or Mighty Mac bridges come readily to mind.

Any cool or iconic bridges in your neck of the woods? Ever made a trip that included a stop to behold a bridge?
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Planit

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Gedunker

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Our Interstate bridge is one of only three in the US that are double-deckers (the George Washington Bridge in NYC and Brent Roebling Spence Bridge in Cincy are the others). She was closed for emergency repairs for several months in 2011/2012 and is due for a major overhaul in 2021.
 
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DVD

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We have the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Yep, that's the Hoover Dam in the background. I haven't been over it yet.

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kms

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Our Interstate bridge is one of only three in the US that are double-deckers (the George Washington Bridge in NYC and Brent Roebling Bridge in Cincy are the others). She was closed for emergency repairs for several months in 2011/2012 and is due for a major overhaul in 2021.
The Fort Pitt Bridge in Pittsburgh is a double decker bridge. People exiting the tunnel heading east drive onto the upper deck and are greeted by a breathtaking view of Pittsburgh. I never tire of it, but can’t seem to get a photo when I drive there.
 

Big Owl

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Planit posted the bridge I was going to post so I'll post this quasi-bridge....

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It's not technically a 'bridge' the Linn Cove Viaduct.
 

DVD

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I found this under "great bridges of Arizona" on a blog
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Completed in 1940, this underpass is located on Central Avenue just south of Madison Street in downtown Phoenix. Originally built for the ATSF railway, the double-span bridge used a concrete rigid frame and features beautiful Art Moderne architectural styling. The bridge continues to serve heavy traffic to this day, "in essentially unaltered condition" according to ADOT.

And we can't forget the Dead Indian Canyon Bridge (you gotta have a way with names out West)
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This is one bridge you don't hear much about! The Dead Indian Canyon Bridge is located in a remote part of Arizona along AZ State Route 64 between Cameron and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Built in 1934 at a cost of $45,000, this Rustic Style truss bridge has 3 spans and a total length of 301 feet. It was an important link in accessing Grand Canyon National Park until a new alignment of AZ 64 rendered the bridge abandoned. I took this photo in May 2013 from the window of a moving car.
 

DVD

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I always forget the bridge party spot of Arizona. Some bridge that was moved from across the pond. London I think.

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Maister

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I always forget the bridge party spot of Arizona. Some bridge that was moved from across the pond. London I think.

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I heard a story that the folks that bought that bridge thought they were purchasing THE London Bridge, as opposed to a London Bridge. I doubt that's true, but imagine if it were.
 

akepps

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Lockport, NY actually has a very wide bridge that takes its Main Street over the Erie Canal. It was the widest bridge when it was built...us WNYers like to say it was widest in the world, but I am not 100% sure on that. It's between 117 and 124 feet wide depending on where you measure. There are two fairly large parking lots on it now, but historically they had their public market on top of it. You can see it here:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lockport,+NY+14094/@43.1692265,-78.6956118,152m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89d378cc417f46d9:0x5c8e1aaf00c3cb4c!8m2!3d43.1706128!4d-78.6903098
 

Planit

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There's a bridge in Zanesville Ohio that has an intersection and traffic signal on it.

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TOFB

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In my hometown, the bridge on the left is being replaced by the currently under construction bad boy on the right. It is fascinating to watch.

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