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For centuries, bridges have served as a link between two points separated by an insurmountable obstacle. Their faithful service to the human race has been appreciated all over the world and sung through strange constructions of various designs. There are many different types of bridges, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. In case you were wondering, there is no single answer to the question ‘What is the best type of bridge?’. This is because many factors need to be considered, such as location, the span required, weight and volume of traffic, resources, and the budget available.
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The unique Øresund bridge road-rail design connects Denmark (Copenhagen) and Sweden (Malmö) across the Øresund Strait. This is the longest combined bridge tunnel in Europe. The only connection between continental Europe and Scandinavia.
The length of the bridge is 7845 m. The structure has a mass of 82,000 tonnes and supports two railway tracks. A girder and cable-stayed design was chosen to provide the specific rigidity necessary to carry heavy rail traffic, and also to resist large accumulations of ice. Most ships pass unimpeded through the route.
Here are some interesting facts about the bridge:
The Øresund Bridge gave its name to the Nordic noir television series The Bridge, as the series was set in the region around the bridge.
When Malmö hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, the Øresund Bridge was used as a symbol for the connection between Sweden and the rest of Europe.
It was the inspiration behind the 2014 song "Walk Me to the Bridge" by Manic Street Preachers from their album Futurology.
The underwater parts of the bridge have become covered in marine organisms and act as an artificial reef.
The Kolbrand Bridge
The Köhlbrand Bridge (German: Köhlbrandbrücke) is a cable-stayed bridge in Hamburg, Germany, which connects the harbor area on the island of Wilhelmsburg between the Norderelbe and Süderelbe branches of the Elbe river with motorway 7 (exit Waltershof). It bridges the Süderelbe, here called Köhlbrand, before it unites with the Norderelbe again.
The Kolbrand Bridge was opened in 1974 and has since become one of Hamburg's most famous landmarks. Its length is 3940 meters and the circumference of the central ropeway is 325 meters. From 1974 to 1991, this bridge was considered the longest rope bridge in the world. It is now considered the second longest bridge in Germany.
Here are some interesting fact about the bridge:
Today, around 38,000 vehicles cross over the bridge daily.
Trucks in the area of the river bridge now have to maintain a distance of 50 metres from one another.
First Mayor Dr. Peter Tschentscher signed a declaration of intent in Berlin, which states, among other things, that the federal government will contribute financially to a new Köhlbrand crossing and that this will be upgraded to a federal road for this purpose.
The Vasco da Gama Bridge
The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge flanked by viaducts that spans the Tagus River in Parque das Nações in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
It is the second longest bridge in Europe, after the Crimean Bridge and the longest one in the European Union. It was built to alleviate the congestion on Lisbon's 25 de Abril Bridge, and eliminate the need for traffic between the country's northern and southern regions to pass through the capital city. It's not the longest, it's not the tallest, but it's definitely the most beautiful bridge.
Here are some interesting facts about the bridge:
Construction began in February 1995; the bridge was opened to traffic on 29 March 1998, just in time for Expo 98, the World's Fair that celebrated the 500th anniversary of the discovery by Vasco da Gama of the sea route from Europe to India.
The Vasco da Gama is one of two bridges that span the Tagus River in Lisbon.
Northbound traffic (to Lisbon) is charged a toll, while traveling southbound is free. Tolls are collected through a toll plaza located in the south bank of Tagus, near Montijo. As of 2020, taxes range from €2.85 (passenger cars) to €12.20 (trucks).
The $1.1 billion project was split in four parts, each built by a different company, and supervised by an independent consortium.
The bridge has a life expectancy of 120 years, having been designed to withstand wind speeds of 250 km/h (155 mph) and hold up to an earthquake 4.5 times stronger than the historical 1755 Lisbon earthquake (estimated at 8.5–9.0 on the moment magnitude scale).
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