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Bridges

There are many bridges around the world. Each is different, having their own lenght, its own high, and its own type of style. Their are different type of bridges, the Bean Bridge, Arch Bridge, Cable-Stayed Bridge, Caatilever Bridge, and the Suspension Bridge. Each type of bridge is unique so let me tell you the differences.




Beam Bridges

First, the most basic type of bridge is the Beam Bridge. A Bean Bridge is a simple, composed of horizontal beam and vertical posts. Since the Beam Bridge is so simple, the Beam Bridge is usually used for small distances between two piont, but it can be built very long. An example of a Beam Bridge is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. (If you click on the picture it will give you more information about the bridge)


Chesapeake Bay Bridge




Arch Bridges

For a more fancier type of bridge is the Arch Bridge. An Arch Bridges is a curved structure that converts the downward force of itsown weight, and of any pressing down on top of it into an outwar force along its sides and base. The Arch Bridge is normally used in a longer distance. The Garabit Viaduct is an Arch Bridge. (If you click on the picture it will give you more information about the bridge)


Garabit Viaduct Bridge




Cantilever Bridges

The Cantilever Bridge is next. It is an odd type of bridge. A Cantilever Bridge is a projecting structure supported at only one end, like a diving board. It makes a fancy looking bridge, that at the same time, it looks wierd. An example of a Cantilever Bridge is the Firth of Fouth Bridge in South Queensferry and North Queensferry, Scotland. (If you click on the picture it will give you more information about the bridge)


Firth of Fouth Bridge




Cable-Stayed Bridges

Cable-Stayed Bridges are probably the most interesting bridges of them all. The Cable-Stayed Bridge is a bridge which the roadway deck is suspended form cables anchored to one or more towers. It is really civil engineering. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a good example of a Cable-Stayed Bridge. (See it on top of page. If you click on the picture it will give you more information about the bridge) Notice the cables, very thick and heavy.




Suspension Bridges

The lagrest bridges in the world are Suspension bridges. The Suspension Bridge is similar to the Cable-Stayed Bridge. Suspension Bridge is a bridge in which the roadway deck is suspened from cables that pass over two towers; the cables are anchored in housings at either end of the bridge. The longest Suspension Bridge is the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. (If you click on the picture it will give you more information about the bridge)


Akashi Kaikyo Bridge



World's Largest Bridges

  1. Akashi Kaikyo, Japan, 1991m
  2. Great Belt Bridge, Denmark, 1624m
  3. Humber, Great Britain, 1410 m
  4. Jiangyin, China, 1385m
  5. Tsing Ma, China, 1377m
  6. Verrazano-Narrows, USA, 1298m
  7. Golden Gate, USA, 1280m
  8. Hga Kusten, Sweden, 1210m
  9. Mackinac, USA, 1158m
  10. Minami Bisan-Seto, Japan, 1100m



World's Smallest Bridges

  1. Usagawa, Japan, 204m
  2. Lingenau, Austria, 210m
  3. Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, 211m
  4. Puente International, Uruguay/Argentina, 220 /// Ponte Tancredo Neves, Brazil/Argentina, 220 /// Mooney Creek, Australia, 220 /// Agi-Gawa, Japan, 220
  5. Rader Insel bruecke, Germany, 222m





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