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08-15-2007, 09:50 PM
Do you have a favorite bridge? Here's one of mine, The Bixby Creek Bridge, built in 1932. It is on California Hwy 1, about fifteen miles south of Monterey.


08-15-2007, 10:28 PM
A picture I pulled off Google. The current boils thru at 9 kts. Great whirlpools.
Been awhile since I posted a pic, hope this works:

08-15-2007, 10:29 PM
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Twenty miles of bridge that spans the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It has two tunnels each a mile long to allow the shipping lanes to stay open.

Can't find a picture to post but it has a web site.



08-15-2007, 10:38 PM
Under construction, 900 ft+ to Colorado River---Photos at eleven---------


08-15-2007, 11:04 PM
One of the footbridges spanning the Riverwalk, here in San Antonio.
This one is upstream from DICK'S LAST RESORT, The HARD ROCK CAFE, and COYOTE UGLY.
(Now you know why it's my favorite) :D

http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/5600/riverwalkvb3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

08-15-2007, 11:47 PM
This ole girl is way past 100 yrs old , construction started before the civil war , thier were delays caused by funding but it was eventually finished. This pic is at flood stage , They used to build then to last.

08-16-2007, 12:22 AM
I like this one. It's "Die Alte Brücke" in Heidelberg, Germany meaning "The Old Bridge". We had just walked across it at dusk after visiting the castle up on the hill. It is the only major stone bridge to survive WWII. It wasn't bombed because of an alleged secret agreement between the Allies and the Axis. If the Allies didn't bomb Heidelberg and Göttingen the Axis wouldn't bomb Cambridge and Oxford. This claim has been made by several including Stephen Hawking but it is said there is no evidence to support it. Of course, there is perhaps one piece of evidence, this bridge.


J Tiers
08-16-2007, 12:30 AM
I am quite partial to the railroad bridge at the Firth of Forth.


08-16-2007, 12:47 AM
There are so many bridges I love.

Ponte Vecchio, in Florence-

The Smithfield Street Bridge, in Pittsburgh, which is a lenticular truss bridge-

Although Pittsburgh, with something like 1500 bridges in the city limits, is a tough place to pick a favorite- I am also a big fan of the Three Sisters, three almost identical bridges a few blocks apart-


Then there is my main man, when it comes to modern bridges, Santiago Calatrava- http://www.calatrava.com/main.htm

Really, any Calatrava bridge is great, but a recent favorite is his Puente Mujeres bridge in Buenos Aires- http://www.galinsky.com/buildings/mujer/mujer1.jpg
The whole span spins to let boats thru.

Then there is the bridge Gustave Eiffel designed in Porto, Portugal=

I also love the original Iron Bridge- which, just like it says, is the first-

I am sure there are lots more I am forgetting- I probably should have a top 100 bridges...

08-16-2007, 01:47 AM
I love this bridge. I did a lot of diving off of Whidbey Island (by boat and beach) 12 or so years ago, and whenever the dive site was Keystone I made a point to stop at the pass on the way home. In fact my Wife and I had our first date on a dive at keystone and passed over that bridge a few hours later.

I'm in Maine now but I grew up around the north end of Lake Washington. I get a warm feeling whenever I pass over any of those standard issue green arched bridges that you'll find all over the state. It's one of those silly things that gets burned into you as a symbol of "Home".

The I-95 bridge that passes over the New Hampshire / Maine state line is of similar design and makes me a little home sick whenever I pass over it.

A picture I pulled off Google. The current boils thru at 9 kts. Great whirlpools.
Been awhile since I posted a pic, hope this works:

08-16-2007, 03:15 AM
Two foot bridges from my recent tour of Italy stand out. The already mentioned Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, http://www.freefoto.com/preview/14-09-53?ffid=14-09-53&k=Ponte+Vecchio+Bridge%2C+Tuscany%2C+Italy, and the Ponte di Rialto bridge over the grand canal in Venice http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/rialto_bridge.htm. Outstanding structures that have survived the test of time.

But for motoring over on a Harley you can't beat the Yoopers and their Mackinac Bridge in upper Michigan http://www.mackinacbridge.org/.

08-16-2007, 03:03 PM
Possibly my all time favorite is this one:

It's a footbridge across the Delaware river in Bulls Island State park. The view is fantastic, and best of all, you can tell people you've walked from NJ to Pennsylvania. :D


08-16-2007, 03:07 PM
My favorite is the Brooklyn Bridge. I've driven over it as a kid and got to sail under it years later. It's a marvel what they went through to build it.

Kind of like the Empire State building not far away from it. Not the tallest building anymore by a long shot, but to me still one of the grandest.