Bridges are architectural marvels. No matter what the design, bridges beautify an area and also provide vital transportation links within a city or across state lines. One great bridge that span the Missouri River is the Christopher S. Bond Bridge in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Christopher S. Bond Bridge is named in honor of Mr. Bond who served multiple terms as the governor of Missouri and as a United States senator from the state of Missouri. There is also a bridge named for him in Saint Louis, Missouri.
This bridge project began in 2007 when the Missouri Department of (more…)
There are a number of bridges in the United States that are in bad shape. However, some are in far worse shape than others. Below are three of the most dangerous bridges in America:
Harlan Springs Road Bridge
If you ever travel to West Virginia, you should try to avoid driving on the Harlan Springs Road Bridge. This bridge was first built in 1900, and it has not improved much since then. It has holes in its deck, corroded railings and missing poles. Those are very scary things to think about considering that over 2,000 drivers travel on this bridge each day. The Harlan Springs Road Bridge is so dangerous that only one car is allowed to cross at one time. This makes things very inconvenient for people who are trying to get back and forth to work.
Raritan River Bridge
It is estimated that 208,000 drivers cross this bridge every day. The Federal Highway Administration has given this bridge an efficiency rating of 20.2 percent. This is a worse rating than the I-35W bridge in Minnesota, which collapsed in the August of 2007. The I-35W bridge in Minnesota had a 50.2 percent rating before it collapsed.
Lake Shore Drive Bridge
This bridge is located in Chicago, and it is estimated that 114,000 drivers cross this bridge each day. The heavy traffic causes the bridge to crumble. That is bad, but it is not the worst part. The maintenance workers do not even repair the damaged parts of the bridge. They just install nets that catch the crumbling pieces.
The Harlan Springs Road Bridge, Raritan River Bridge and Lake Shore Drive Bridge are the three most dangerous bridges in the United States. It is important to note that you may be required to pay more for car insurance if you live near those bridges.
The United States is known for its independence and individuality. The invention of the automobile allowed citizens the opportunity to travel across the country, and with the citizens wanting to explore all parts of the country there came a need for improved highways and bridges. The transportation industry had been created on the need for citizens wanting the freedom to travel as they pleased. There had to be an easier way for citizens to travel and bridges thus became the option.Never heard (more…)
Bridges here in the Untied States range from enormous design miracles traversing many miles to small wooden covered bridges that cover small creeks on country lanes. The United States does boast a few that are so well known that people everywhere recognize their names.
The Golden Gate Bridge is truly one of the most well known in the US. It is an engineering accomplishment that spans across the San Francisco Bay. This suspension type bridge was built in 1937 by the McClintic-Marshall Construction Co.Didnâ€™t catch that? This explains it., took just five years to complete, and cost around 35 million dollars.
The George Washington bridge was completed by the Swiss immigrant and builder Othmar Ammann. It is now one of the busiest in the world, holding a full fourteen lanes of traffic and spanning the Hudson River.
Another famous bridge in the US is the Brooklyn Bridge. This bridge was built so the cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn could connect. This bridge is also a suspension type, taking nearly fourteen years for John Roebling and his builders to finish. Sitting one level above the traffic below, thousands of people visit the bridge every year to walk across the pedestrian path and enjoy the amazing view.
The United States has a history that can help be told by its many bridges. The following are considered to be the oldest.
The triple stone arched Frankford Avenue Bridge, in Pennypack Park Philadelphia, was built in 1697. It was originally constructed on William Pennâ€™s request. He wanted his mansion to be connected with the growing city of Philadelphia. Over the years it has been known by different names. It started as the Kingâ€™s Highway Bridge, later being called The Holmesbury Bridge and Pennypack Creek Bridge. It is still in use today to carry Route 13, Frankford (more…)
My family likes to road trip to different areas of the United States for our family vacations. One thing that we like to do is find the different little oddities along the way. One of my daughters loves to come across bridges. We have seen several unique bridges and she just loves them so much that they have become something of a memory for our little family.
One of the bridges that my daughter loves is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. One unique (more…)
U.S. history is clearly revealed in our bridgework to anyone who has traveled cross country, particularly on the back roads. Rural post-and-board bridge construction still stands in many parts of the country. More modern techniques show the inception of numerous construction technologies through the industrial revolution, and again in the post depression era. Lastly our modern concrete pylon construction bridges showcase Modern American construction principles and values.
Our earliest bridges are almost universally post and beam construction. They bear (more…)