Bridges

image from Wikipedia

Inspired by Mags’ post yesterday about the Sidney Harbour Bridge turning 80, I was thinking about a bridge back home. It’s not too far from my hometown, its name is Sandöbron. It still sits there, but doesn’t get all that much traffic nowadays, due to the fact that the highway E4 was re-routed and a new bridge was taken into operation. When I was little, Sandöbron was considered a really big bridge! As I’m doing a little research for this post now, I realize it actually is a very big bridge! Until 1964 it was the largest concrete arch in the world! It has a free span of 264 metres and is 42 metres above the water.

One thing I remember always hearing about this bridge is that it collapsed during the construction. Eighteen people were killed in that accident but it got hardly any media attention at all because it happened on August 31, 1939 and WWII broke out the day after. That’s what occurs when something happen on a ‘memorable’ date like that … like if something happened on September 11, 2011!

In any event, Sandöbron was finally rebuilt, and opened in 1943.

Höga Kusten-bron/High Coast Bridge

This is the new bridge, that more or less replaces Sandöbron — at least if you’re going north, and this is my own photo from last Fall. While I was home, I was looking for a bunch of photos I have from my visit up on top of one of those pylons. I didn’t find them, probably wasn’t trying hard enough. When I was up there, the bridge wasn’t finished at all, so half of it was sticking out over the water, the ferry was still in operation and you could see it as a little, yellow dot, down below.

The name of this bridge is Höga Kusten-bron, but there were lengthy discussions about the name while it was under construction. It starts, on the mainland, in a little village named Veda. When we talked about that ferry before, it was always referred to as the Veda ferry, so most people thought the bridge should be named Vedabron [Veda Bridge]. That didn’t happen. Why, I’m not sure but I think they saw it as an opportuntiy to push for Höga Kusten as a tourist destination.

This is [obviously] a suspension bridge, it’s 1,867 metres long, the span is 1,210 metres and the pylons are 180 metres tall.

During the construction of this bridge, there was a fire in one of the pylons, but no matter how I search or what I type in Google, I can’t find anything about it.

I have another, Swedish bridge in store, that I’ll write about some other time.

Can’t finish off this post without mentioning that today is First of Spring and I found the first coltsfoot!

Tussilago

19 Replies to “Bridges”

  1. Those suspension bridges are so cool. There is one about 10 miles from here, crossing the James River in Varina. The first bridge you posted is a work of art too, though. I love that gentle arch and the scenery surrounding. That is a really nice photo!.

    1. Yeah, bridges are cool, and quite often they have a little bit of history too.

      It must feel really great to be an architect, having created something like that, and be around to look at it…

  2. Very cool bridges!!! Would love to see them. I am sure the Öresund Bridge is the longest I have been on. The bridge to Öland is large also. Curves up high in the middle so ships can go under it. We took the ferry from Danmark to Helsingborg also. I was in awe. My cousins were ‘it is just a ferry’. I am overwhelmed with being on a ship!!!!

    Your flower looks very close to our dandelions. They have been blooming here for over a week. At least a month too early.

    1. Thanks, Julie … yeah the one to Öland, I haven’t even seen in real life. That must have been so much fun … for your cousins! LOL

      The flower is really small, it’s a colts foot and they aren’t even related..

  3. Hi,
    I am so glad I gave you a bit of inspiration for your post. 🙂
    You just don’t realize what goes into a lot of bridges until you actually start to do some research it really is astonishing.

    I love the style of the first bridge in the first photo, I think it has a very neat look about it. A terrible accident and tragedy for the families of those that were killed, very sad.

    1. Mags,
      Yeah, when I read yours, which I really enjoyed, I got to think about bridges in general and how much they mean in peoples’ lives.

  4. Two things about this post —
    1. How can people with fear of heights and/or vertigo drive over either of these bridges. I couldn’t.
    2. C.S. Lewis, the eminent writer, professor and theologian (Chronicles of Narnia, etc.) died on the same day as John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It wiped Lewis’s death totally off the news.

    1. 1. I have no idea! Don’t think they can. It was ‘interesting’ being up there in the pylon, as it was swaying 🙂
      2. Oh, there you go! I didn’t know that he died on that day. On 9-11, there was a tragic bus accident where twelve children, all from the same village, died back home …not too far from my hometown. Same thing there — hardly any attention.

  5. I’ve always been amazed at the ingenuity it takes to build bridges. Both modern and ancient they are supreme examples of human technology and fortitude. 🙂

    1. Me too! Ancient in particular. Watched some programme about how they had to calculate to build all those arches in churches and such! Very impressive..

  6. That first bridge is just grand. Has character. Your story reminded me of the old bridge in Quebec City. When they were building it they build both ends first and then installed the center part as one piece. They had to do that twice as the first time the piece fell into the river taken a number of mend own with it. it is still there at the bottom of the river.

    1. It’s a very nice bridge, Joss … I remember being on a boat underneath it … wish I’d had a camera then!

      Yes, the story about the Quebec Bridge has been told to me.. The current one, I’ve been on many times. There’s always a bottle neck there, especially during rush hour..

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