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.
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!