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GAC
04-23-2006, 09:09 PM
:scared:

Falls City Beer
04-23-2006, 09:12 PM
That's a mock-up, right? Where the hell is that supposed to be? And why would you entertain building such a thing?

KronoRed
04-23-2006, 09:16 PM
Certainly looks like a bridge I saw a few months ago on "mega structures"

redsfan30
04-23-2006, 09:18 PM
You would have to get me completely *explitive* faced drunk, knock me out cold with a club and throw me in the trunk for me to even entertain the idea of driving across that monster.

GAC
04-23-2006, 09:21 PM
That's a mock-up, right? Where the hell is that supposed to be? And why would you entertain building such a thing?

A buddy emailed it to me.

The Millau viaduct is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona, and features the highest bridge piers ever constructed. The tallest is 240 meters high, and the overall height will be an impressive 336 meters, making this the highest bridge in the world.

KronoRed
04-23-2006, 09:23 PM
It's done now ;)
http://www.roadtraffic-technology.com/projects/millau_viaduct/images/Millau-2.jpg

marcshoe
04-23-2006, 09:33 PM
I'd kinda like to drive on it. Just for the experience.

Heath
04-23-2006, 10:32 PM
:scared:

The Sunshine Skyway in Florida says :wave:

http://www.draftexpress.com/gallery/General/1115538256.jpg

Also, please don't remember to visit the Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel!

http://jlarc.state.va.us/Summary/Rpt287/fig1.gif

KronoRed
04-23-2006, 10:39 PM
The skyway bridge is great, because on both ends you can see parts of the old bridge, that collapsed into the bay after being hit by a boat

SandyD
04-23-2006, 10:40 PM
That's comforting.

creek14
04-24-2006, 07:13 AM
I hate loathe bridges as much as Puffy loathed the Randa signing.

KronoRed
04-24-2006, 07:27 AM
I like cable stayed bridges, hope they pick such a design for the Brent Spence replacement.

RedFanAlways1966
04-24-2006, 08:11 AM
I hate loathe bridges as much as Puffy loathed the Randa signing.

You and me both, creek. I'd have to say it is my biggest fear... other than floating in open waters and seeing a school of sharks heading my way. I get very tense when "just" driving over the Ohio River in Cincy. I have been over the Mackinaw Bridge many of times, but never was driving. The bridges in the pictures here are scary stuff in my world!!

GAC
04-24-2006, 08:58 AM
The Sunshine Skyway in Florida says :wave:

http://www.draftexpress.com/gallery/General/1115538256.jpg

Is that the one just south of Tampa/St Pete? I think it goes over to Bradenton (sp?).

I've driven over it a few times. Quite impressive.

We were told, while down there back in the early 90s, that that bridge has been hit twice by ships... and that both times it was the same harbor pilot.

When the Silver Bridge went down back in the 60's (connects Gallipolis to Point Pleasant), I had an uncle that got caught at the traffic light on the Ohio side (didn't make the bridge), and then watched it go down. Wow! talk about having someone looking over you.

And I remember in high school watching footage of the Tacoma Bridge going down. Looked like a rubber band twisting and turning. The film footage showed a guy getting out of his car and trying to get off. Never knew if he made it or not. Wild stuff to watch.

Here's some video of it. But I think you have to have Quicktime Player to view it...

http://www.camguys.com/bridgeclpse.html

And isn't there a stretch of bridge on 71 north of Cincy that goes over a pretty deep gourge. I read somewhere years ago where they hired Native Americans to work on it, who had no aversion to working at such heights.

Heath
04-24-2006, 09:17 AM
Is that the one just south of Tampa/St Pete? I think it goes over to Bradenton (sp?).

Yep -sure is the one - hit once in '80 - that was the "big one".



And isn't there a stretch of bridge on 71 north of Cincy that goes over a pretty deep gourge. I read somewhere years ago where they hired Native Americans to work on it, who had no aversion to working at such heights.

The Little Miami Gorge Bridge is highly impressive from the part that you can see from Ft. Ancient. If you get off at 123 and 71, turn onto SR 350 East. You can see it from the road. Its wierd that something that high is in Ohio.

http://caesarcreekstatepark.com/images/photos/71%20Bridge%2011.jpg

New River Bridge north of Beckley WV on US 19 is scary. Its a bungee jump haven on "Bridge Days".

FWIW - here's a picture of the "Big Mac" bridge in Michigan.
http://www.photography-plus.com/images/MackinacBridge/MacBridge3.jpg

Roy Tucker
04-24-2006, 09:51 AM
I believe the I-71 bridge is called the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge.

It's a running joke in our family, every time we drive over it, I say "did you know this is the tallest bridge in the world?". And my kids say "oh reeeeaaalllly" (which goes back to me saying back in the day "I can't remember if this is the tallest bridge in Ohio, in the US, or in the world?").

We laugh at really stupid stuff.

And to try to get on topic, I saw a Mega Structures episode on TLC/Discovery Channel that described the building of the Millau Viaduct. It was quite the engineering and construction challenge.

TeamMorris
04-24-2006, 12:27 PM
The Sunshine Skyway in Florida says :wave:

http://www.draftexpress.com/gallery/General/1115538256.jpg

Also, please don't remember to visit the Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel!

http://jlarc.state.va.us/Summary/Rpt287/fig1.gif

Went across the skyway 2 years ago when in Florida. It was really cool! Bridges don't scare me much which is a surprise because I am not thrilled with heights! If I feel safe I am fine I guess. I will ride any rollercoaster also.

We went to Palm Springs a good 12 plus years ago. We took a drive up the mountains. TB has pictures of me on my stomach taking my own pictures. No guard rails or anything in the scenic pull off spots. Scared the crap out of me!! I wouldn't get within 10 feet of the edge without being down on my stomach! I think in the back of my mind it might have something to do with me not being one of the most graceful people in the world:rolleyes:

Now the other 2 pictures...they look a bit scary!

creek14
04-24-2006, 01:13 PM
The current Sunshine Skyway is a piece of cake, even for a bridge-phobic like me. The old, however, was TERRIBLE. And got even worse after the collapse of the one span.

http://www.geocities.com/pagesbydave/broken.gif

http://www.geocities.com/pagesbydave/SVENTURE.gif

http://www.geocities.com/pagesbydave/EDGE.gif

On that fateful morning of May 9th,1980 at 07:38 , during a violent rain squall producing high winds and almost zero visibility the empty phosphate freighter SUMMIT VENTURE piloted by Captain John Lerro slammed into the #2 South pier ( over 700 feet from the center of the channel ) of the southbound (1970) span , it knocked 1261 feet of center span, cantilever , approach and roadway into Tampa Bay. Thirty-five people , most of them on board a Greyhound bus bound for Miami plunged 150 feet to their deaths in what is now one of the worst bridge disasters in history. Rescue crews and divers were immediately dispatched to the scene, but of the victims who made the fall there was only one survivor , whose truck had luckily landed on the deck of the SUMMIT VENTURE
After the fatal accident, traffic was rerouted onto the two-lane northbound span, until the planning and completion of the new SUNSHINE BRIDGE which opened in April of 1987.

Dom Heffner
04-24-2006, 02:45 PM
I love the skyway. It's one of those things that you get a thrill going over no matter how many times you've already done so. Awesome piece of work.

pedro
04-24-2006, 02:51 PM
I generally don't mind bridges but the bay bridge from Oakland to SF is a little scary, earthquakes and all.

westofyou
04-24-2006, 02:56 PM
I generally don't mind bridges but the bay bridge from Oakland to SF is a little scary, earthquakes and all.
Eh.... I myself don't care for the San Mateo bridge, long 4 lanes, no breakdown, water level.

And that earthquake thing too....

Walking across the GG is somewhat odd too.

KronoRed
04-24-2006, 03:36 PM
I love the skyway. It's one of those things that you get a thrill going over no matter how many times you've already done so. Awesome piece of work.
It's a gorgeous bridge, I've only been across a few times but it's a treat.

The scary parts are the LONG approaches right above the water :help: