The first and most challenging problem associated with building the Mackinac Bridge arrived long before the bridge was even designed. Financing such an enormous project was no easy feat. In 1928, the idea of connecting the upper and lower peninsulas was proposed to Congress for the first time (Brown 4). At the time, the suspected bridge project was very much under government scrutiny and control. In fact, the initial boost in interest in pursuing the construction of a bridge came about due to the depression. The Public Works Administration (PWA) had been created under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal economic plan which would fund certain construction projects with th...
The building of a new bridge will be done. The question is when. A new bridge is of major importance to the city of Buffalo. It will bring many positives, and barely any negatives. Personally, I have always just thought of a bridge as a way to get from point A to point B. However, the idea of new Peace Bridge's benefits has opened my eyes. The new Peace Bridge may result in a modern day Erie Canal.
Over the East River in New York City stands the Brooklyn Bridge, connecting the Brooklyn and Manhattan boroughs. From end to end, the bridge spans 6,016 feet and weighs a heavy 14,680 tons. Ever since construction on the Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883, the bridge has offered a safe route with scenic views to tens of thousands of tourists and commuters who have traveled it via train, car, pushcart, and bicycle. The history behind the Brooklyn Bridge is definitely intriguing as well as important because many fatalities occurred in the construction process, including one which occurred before construction on the bridge even started. Also, a lot of workers, time and money were used in building the bridge. In addition,
In order to understand what went wrong with the Ashtabula Bridge, a person needs to understand what is supposed to happen. The Ashtabula Bridge was a truss bridge. A truss is
It's been amazing driving above the East River which connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City. Of course, it is Brooklyn Bridge. It is beautiful to visit in the day but looks more beautiful and glamorous at night. Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the United States which attracts the visitor's attraction. This a big achievement for the USA which completed early in 1883 after 14 years of hard work. The biggest thing is, it is the first steel-wire suspension bridge. It's a safe passage for millions of travelers, tourists, trains, cars, bicycles, and other transportations. For its outstanding historical significance, in 1964, it was designated a National Historic Landmark and a National Historic Civil Engineering
Since it would be easier and less expensive to build a bridge rather than a tunnel, a bridge was initially thought to be a better solution. However, to construct a bridge over the Hudson River it would require a minimum clearance of 200 ft. for ships to travel to and from Hudson River ports. Since the Manhattan side of the Hudson did not meet the 200-foot elevation requirement needed for a bridge, new and expensive apparatuses would have to be built on the New York side. Also, a bridge would be affected by poor weather conditions more than a tunnel. In 1913, the joint coalition finally decided to construct a tunnel.2
The bridge we chose to select for our research paper is the Blue Water Bridge. The Blue Water Bridge spreads across the St. Clair River and conducts international traffic between Port Huron, Michigan, and Point Edward and Sarnia, Ontario. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, “Located near the I-94 and I-69 interchange, the bridge forms a critical gateway linking Canada and the United States”. The Blue Water Bridge consists of tolls and inspection plazas on each side of the border where individuals pay for crossing and communication with inspection offices such as Immigration or Customs. The original Blue Water Bridge opened in 1938 and it was renovated in 1993. This bridge is a three-lane westbound bridge. The second
The physics behind bridges is more complex than first meets the eye. To assure that a bridge is well-supported many concepts must be understood and used in the correct manner.
During the period after the collapse of the I-35W BRIDGE in Minnesota, the National Cooperative Highway Reset Program(NCHRP) published a synthesis about bridge management system and decision making that need to be applied across the country. The collapse has awakened public and private agencies in charge so that they begun a new era characterized by paying much attention on their career. A synthesis made by The National Cooperative Highway Reset Program (NCHRP) and lead by Markow and Hyman showed programs and system that need to be put in place in order to reshape bridges management for the sake of program performance. The point at issue is to see why it were important to implement those programs and also analyze its content in order to see whether the report were informative enough to instruct the targeted people.
America’s dying infrastructure is a topic that isn’t talked about that much. The importance of a solid infrastructure of a country is very important. As we all know, the infrastructure is key. This topic is very important to me because I plays into the role of my major. When I was younger, I could see the poorly designed roads and even sewage systems all throughout the cities I lived in. This made me want to be a civil engineer. Knowing that I’ll have the chance to make a difference and research and design new methods is what drives me. I want to better societies and design better and stronger materials that can be used for infrastructure. America has only received very worrisome scores in regards to bridge and road design. What angers and frustrates me is that America has the resources, funding, and inspiration to excel in the best roads and infrastructures.
The Hamburg-Tilden bridge was built in the early 1900's and has gone without repair through the millennium. In 1990, the bridge was deemed “structurally deficient” yet commuters still traveled the bridge, totaling around 12,100 vehicles passed over the bridge daily (Park). Another ten years later, upon further inspection, more deficiencies were found with the bridge, and still no repairs were made (Park). Finally in 2009, the bridge was closed and the construction work began. This closing makes residents feel like the gateway ...
Ever since San Francisco was first settled, it was dependent on ferry service to get supplies to and from each bay county. In the 1920’s, San Francisco was the largest US city still reliant on ferries. The idea of building a great bridge was introduced to the state legislation in 1920, this idea faced many opponents such as the ferry industry, citizens worried about traffic, and experts who claimed the bridge could not withstand the harsh earthquakes San Francisco is known for. However, with support from the powerful automobile industry and the federal government, the bridge finally began construction in 1933.
Completed in 1850 Brittania Bridge was the brainchild of Robert Stephenson and at the time was at the cutting edge of civil engineering, with all aspects of construction being on an unprecedented scale. Construction began in 1846 and was completed by 1850, it was intended that the bridge carry the Chester and Holyhead railway across the Menai Strait. Brittania Bridge had to be a tubular bridge to meet the criteria set by the board of admiralty, that the span of the bridge should be at least 100ft above the Menai Straits at all points. This was the first of many issues met and overcome during the conception and construction of the bridge.